It seems drowning sales is not the only concern for the automobile manufacturers in the country. Just after the lockout at Toyota's Bengaluru facility, the American car maker Ford is now witnessing a protest from its 18,000 + workers at their Maraimalai Nagar facility near Chennai. Workers are opposing the management's decision to cut 'employee incentives' from 26 percent to 15 percent.
The agitation hadn't affected the production so far as the workers are protesting silently. They have started skipping lunch provided by the company and are also refusing to travel by company transport since the past few days.
"To show our unhappiness, we started an agitation by skipping lunch at the company's canteen in the factory. Also, we didn't avail of the transportation offered by the company," said a senior union representative.
According to the union, the American car maker paid incentives of 26 percent to the workers in 2012, when production 106,000 units. This was cut to 15 per cent in 2013, despite production increasing to 122,000 units.
On this issue, Ford India said, "The company has a valid and well-functioning employee participation forum comprising interested and democratically elected employees with whom we enjoy a strong relationship. We prefer to have these discussions within the company and want our employees to respect confidentiality."
Established in 1995, the plant currently manufactures the EcoSport, Endeavour, Figo and the Fiesta and also caters to various international markets.