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Indian Volvo workers strike over pay

AFP · 3 Aug 2010, 16:57

Published: 03 Aug 2010 16:57 GMT+02:00

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The strike has lasted for a week, Per-Martin Johansson told AFP, but a labour conflict which has slowed down production has been going on for about three months, he added.

"The union has asked for higher wages and the return to work of the four employees who were suspended," Johansson said.

Four of the plant's employees were suspended following a dispute at the plant in April, during which they allegedly physically assaulted a manager.

During the three month labour conflict some employees have worked less or not at all in protest.

The conflict has set the plant's production pace back 60 buses, Johansson said. The factory, in Hoskote, about 35 km from Bangalore, rolled out 535 buses last year.

Johansson would not comment on the cost of the labour conflict to the Swedish company, but Indian financial newspaper Business Standard said it had cost "close to 50 crore rupees" or about $10 million to Volvo.

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Volvo Group - which makes trucks, buses and boat and aircraft equipment - does not include the Volvo Cars brand.

Volvo Cars was sold in 1999 to US auto giant Ford, which in turn completed the brand's sale to China's Geely on Monday.

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18:52 August 5, 2010 by warriorwithin
India is no longer a country where u can come in to exploit cheap labour...we know our rights and we will get it done our way or u just move out....

with all the mechanised production line u dont create much jobs either..just taking back profits is ur motive
12:30 August 6, 2010 by tuerd1982
come on Swedish boss, be merciful for your employee. It seems, the exploitation of foreign laborious become a fashion. First Vietnamese, then Chinese now Indian.
16:55 August 8, 2010 by izbz
Who say they are on strike because of being exploited?

They strike because They Are Over paid , they just want less money and work more
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