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Legislator, sacked Hyundai workers held, freed on bail

Posted on Nov 05, 09:54PM | IANS

A CPI-M legislator and 15 dismissed workers of Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) were taken into custody and later let out on bail by police near here on a day when the car company signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Tamil Nadu government to invest Rs.4,000 crore, said a union official.

"The police arrested 15 dismissed workers and the union president (Communist Party of India-Marxist) legislator A. Soundararajan and later let them out on bail. We were agitating to reinstate all the dismissed workers and renegotiate the wage settlement with our union," R. Sridhar, general secretary, Hyundai Motor India Employees Union (HMIEU) told IANS.

"We have been representing to the government to step in and sort out the issue. There is a conciliation meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) at the labour department office," Soundararajan, also the general secretary of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), told IANS.

According to Sridhar, nearly 650 workers were on strike Monday and the number of absentees at the plant was over 760.

In a statement issued here, HMIL said production at its two plants near here continued to be normal and absenteeism percentage fell by five percent Monday.

The company said it would not recognise a minority politically-backed union.

HMIL has committed an additional investment of Rs.4,000 towards setting up of an integrated engine plant and other facilities.