Talegaon, 2nd October 2023: Employees at General Motors’ Talegaon facility are staging protests in the wake of the American automaker’s project sale to Hyundai Motors. The transition has left around 1,000 permanent staff uncertain about their future, as they have not been integrated into the new company.
The unfolding situation has put thousands of workers in a precarious position, facing unemployment challenges while calls for government intervention go unanswered. To amplify their concerns, the General Motors Employee Union has launched an indefinite chain hunger strike involving 1,000 workers. The strike, which began on October 2, 2023, is being organized under the supervision of the Maharashtra State Labor Action Committee and the Shramik Ekta Federation.
The protest is being staged on the Old Pune-Mumbai Highway.
The workers have outlined their demands as follows:
Seamless transition of all General Motors employees, along with their existing service conditions, to Hyundai Motors.
Government withholding of approval for Hyundai Motors’ operations until the urgent matter concerning the 1,000 workers and their 5,000 dependents is addressed.
Facilitation of a meeting between the managements of both companies by the Honorable Deputy Chief Minister to discuss the deal. While both companies have shown a willingness to engage in dialogue, the Union emphasizes that despite six months of attempts, meetings with the Honorable Minister, the Honorable Chief Minister, and both Deputy Chief Ministers have yet to take place. The Union is calling for an immediate meeting to resolve the workers’ issues.
The ongoing protest serves as a call for justice, as the impacted employees seek fair resolutions following this major corporate shift.