Chennai| The labor union of Renault Nissan Automotive India Pvt Ltd, a Franco-Japanese joint venture plant, on Monday decided not to attend duty until COVID safety measures are put in place. In a statement issued here, Renault Nissan India Thozhilalar Sangam (RNITS) said, its executive committee has considered the apprehensions about the safety of workers and does not wish to put their lives at risk.
According to the union, the company management was not inclined to reduce production by cutting footfall to maintain social distancing inside the plant.
“The social distance is not being followed in the car plant’s body shop conveyor line,” the union said.
Further, the management did not give any approval to the union regarding their demand for rehabilitation measures for the family members of the workers who died due to COVID-19 and medical treatment for the affected workers.
RNITS has written to the company management “Till now 200 workers alone have been given the first dose of vaccine and they have not developed immunity. Union’s request is to operate Line 1 in 3 shifts and Line 2 in 2 shifts so that Social distancing can be ensured through less footfall. This demand has not been accepted by the management.”
Last week, RNITS had announced an indefinite boycott from May 26 till the COVID-19 safety measures are implemented in the factory.
RITS President K. Balaji Krishnan previously told IANS, “Since last year, five employees at Renault Nissan Automotive have died and about 850 have been infected with Coronavirus.”
Renault Nissan Automotive later decided to close the plant for five days. May 26 to May 30- and resumed production on May 31.
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