Renault and Nissan are unlikely to resume operations at the Chennai facility from today, as previously announced by Alliance partners. The facility’s workers ’union has sent a letter to the company saying workers will not be coming to work on Monday, according to sources.
A letter received by Reuters news agency said: “It will not be safe for workers to go to work on Monday, May 31, 2021.” According to sources, the labor union would continue to discuss its demands with the two car manufacturers today.
Last week, French car giant Giant Renault and Japanese carmaker Nissan Motor decided to suspend a facility in Tamil Nadu until Sunday (May 30) after workers protested against access to the facility due to the Covid-19 crisis and a severe blockade.
The plant currently employs more than 8,000 people simultaneously to manufacture vehicles for both manufacturers. Renault is the factory that produces its main Kiger model and Nissan is its main model Magnite SUV.
So far, four workers at that facility have died and more than 400 others have tested positive this year. The workers ’union has complained that there is no appropriate social exclusion measure at the facility at a time when Covid-19 cases are on the rise. They have also called for Rehabilitation for workers who have died as a result of the virus and also for medical treatment of workers who have tested positive.
“The union’s request … to ensure social exclusion through social exclusion has not been accepted,” the workers ’union read to Renault-Nissan management. Earlier, the union of workers at Renault-Nissan’s Chennai facility warned of a strike over non-compliance with Covid-related security demands.
The union also requested a vaccine for all workers working at the facility. He said Renault-Nissan has so far employed only 200 of its 8,000 employees with the first dose. Nissan said it has vaccinated workers over the age of 45 and that it is possible to vaccinate those under the age of 45 depending on dose availability.
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