Ford workers protest closing of manufacturing facility, demand TN govt’s intervention

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A bit of workers on the manufacturing facility of auto maker Ford India near Chennai on Tuesday staged a protest towards the choice of the US-based firm to shut the manufacturing facility and sought the intervention of the Tamil Nadu authorities, Union sources stated.
Chief Minister M Ok Stalin, Industries minister Thangam Thennarasu and senior authorities officers reportedly held a gathering on the Secretariat to resolve on additional plan of action.

In a press release, the Chennai Ford Employees Union expressed ‘shock’ over the choice to close the manufacturing unit and demanded that the administration take different steps in the direction of making certain that the livelihood of the nearly 2,700 workers doesn’t get affected.

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The Union urged the corporate to not shut the power and within the exigency of a closure, it ought to make sure the administration accommodates the workers to a different manufacturing unit in order that livelihood of the workers doesn’t get affected.

A gathering between the workers and administration held over the past two days didn’t yield desired outcomes which result in the protest by the workers in entrance of the manufacturing facility at Maraimalai Nagar located about 50 km from town.

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Some workers sporting manufacturing facility uniforms, backed by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), resorted to protest by elevating slogans demanding the state authorities’s intervention and to not shut the plant as introduced.

According to trade consultants, following the closure of the power, a number of 1000’s of jobs had been at stake as a number of ancillary corporations that provide auto components to Ford India are likely to get affected.

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Meanwhile, in response to question from PTI, Ford India stated the corporate was dedicated to working carefully with the workers and union to take care of these impacted by the restructuring of its enterprise.

On September 9, Ford stated it might shut its two manufacturing amenities in India and would promote solely imported autos within the nation as a part of a restructuring train.

The firm, which invested about USD 2.5 billion at its Chennai and Sanand (Gujarat) vegetation, would cease promoting autos such because the EcoSport, Figo and Aspire produced from these factories.

Meanwhile, AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam sought Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Ok Stalin’s fast intervention within the concern and make sure the firm’s facility at Maraimalai Nagar is stored afloat.

In a press release, he stated the corporate introduced the closure of its plant right here within the second quarter of subsequent 12 months because of enormous accumulating losses and lack of progress in a tough market. “The move will affect the future of about 4,000 direct employees and also that of about 40,000 indirect workers. The future of micro, small and medium enterprises dependent on Ford Motor is also very bleak,” the AIADMK coordinator stated. He appealed to the chief minister to offer aid to the workers by sustaining the economic local weather within the State.

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