Ford Motor recently announced that it will suspend its production at its plant located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu post the workers got together for a protest demanding leave and health benefits as the pandemic surged.
The car manufacturer stopped the production at its Chennai plant for consecutive 2 (Two) days; Friday and Saturday in order to have a conversation with the workers’ union representative to meet the safety demands.
A Ford Motor India representative said, “The safety of our workforce remains our topmost priority” adding that the plant had been shut from May 14 till May 22. The sit-in protest verbalized the discontent amongst workers in the southern state, home to India’s thriving automobile industry, to work amidst an increase in virus infections. On Wednesday, Ford’s worker union wrote a letter mentioning their concern after 230 workers were tested positive with the virus. “The company should pay all medical expenses of workers affected by the coronavirus,” the union said in the letter.
Hyundai Motor India and Renault-Nissan also stopped their production earlier this week at their respective production plants in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu is one of the most affected state with the outburst of the second wave of the pandemic with more than 30,000 cases per day.
Ford Motor India has 2 (Two) manufacturing plants; one in southern state of Tamil Nadu with the capacity of producing 2,00,000 units per year and the other in western state of Gujrat with an annual capacity of 2,40,000 units.