After a fortnight, operations resumed at the Ford India plant in Maraimalai Nagar near here on Tuesday. Over 300 workers reported working and supporting production work. The workers went on strike on May 30, demanding better severance pay.
“Parts were assembled inside. These are parts for after sales and service,” said the employee who went to work. “Some employees have asked for more clarity on the packaging. Once that is done, they are expected to come to work,” he added.
Employees Hindu said that some of them continued to work, while many others were still sitting outside demanding a better offer. “We still have negotiations. Negotiations are still ongoing,” said a union member.
A Ford India spokesperson said when contacted, the Chennai plant said its operations on Tuesday. Workers who continue the illegal strike will be subject to “loss of wages,” according to the standing order certified on Tuesday. “According to the announcement of June 9, 2022, the company has received a positive response. “As many employees have continued inquiries about the redundancy offer and want more time to agree, the company has decided to extend the deadline for submitting the form to 5pm on Saturday 18 June,” the spokesperson said.
On September 9, 2021, Ford announced that it would end vehicle production at its Chennai plant by June 2022 as Ford could not find a sustainable path. The Chennai plant has about 2,600 employees.