MUMBAI—Numerous auto makers in India announced a holiday on Thursday at manufacturing facilities located in an industrial area which has seen violence with workers recently as the two-day national strike called by the country’s labor unions began its final day.
Automobile manufacturer Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., and Hero MotoCorp Ltd., a two-wheeler manufacturer gave their workers the day off in the neighbourhood of Gurgaon-Manesar in New Delhi. Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. Will give its plant workers in Manesar a holiday on Thursday, but they will have to work on Sunday.
Automobile companies with plants in other areas said that their operations on Thursday were running mostly normal.
Millions of employees across sections like postal services, road transport, port and dock, automobile, coal and steel, petroleum and telecommunications are taking part in the strike, according to what the All India Trade Union Congress said on Wednesday.
The workers demands include actions to tackle corruption and inflation, better enforceable labor laws, more job creation, universal social security, pensions for all staff, and the abolishment of contract work. Associations in the industry have warned the India’s economic growth will be hurt by the strike. Currently the economy has slowed to its weakest point in ten years.
New Delhi public transportation, and several other areas in India were affected by strike actions on the second day. But, bus and taxi services remained normal in Mumbai, India’s financial hub.
The first day of the auto makers strike, vehicles were started on fire in Uttar Pradesh and Noida state.