The Madras High Court has allowed Renault and Nissan to continue production at their facilities, but have set certain conditions for this.
Renault And Nissan India
Renault and Nissan will breathe a sigh of relief after the Madras High Court allowed the two carmakers to continue their production at its Chennai facility in Tamil Nadu. The court’s approval comes after a week-long standoff between a carmaker and a trade union over working conditions at the facility amid Covid-19 and the lockdown for employees.
Trouble began for a coalition of French and Japanese auto majors late last month, when labor union Renault Nissan India Thozhilalar Sangam (RNITS) objected to the lack of COVID-19 protocols, such as those in the state, despite lockdown restrictions. Production continued unabated at the facility with proper social distancing norms not being followed.
However, the deadlock ended after Renault and Nissan entered into an agreement with the labor union at the Chennai manufacturing facility. The two sides signed an interim agreement to end the standoff that began last month. The Madras High Court has allowed Renault and Nissan to continue production at their facilities, but stipulated certain conditions. In which it is necessary to follow the norms related to the epidemic.
The court also passed an interim order on a petition filed by a labor union at the Renault-Nissan facility, which raised concerns over safety and challenged a government notification allowing carmakers to continue production even during the lockdown. was. On the orders of the High Court, a senior official of the state government audited the facility and submitted a report. The High Court said that the report contains several additional measures that need to be taken to make the facility compliant with the COVID-19 protocol.
Nissan assured to follow the instructions
Responding to the order, Nissan has assured that all instructions will be followed while resuming operations. A Nissan spokesperson said, “We resumed plant operations earlier this week, after a brief pause due to the challenges posed by the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in India, to be more vigorous and people-first transparent. Their health and safety is paramount to our operations with the vision. We have already implemented the change in one of the production lines, in accordance with the previous agreements regarding employee safety with the union.”
The plant currently has over 8,000 employees manufacturing vehicles for both the car makers together. So far four workers have died in this facility, while this year more than 400 people have come positive.
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