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Workers Strike Over Pay Hits Motorcycle Companies in India’s Chennai

Royal Enfield, which has about a four per cent share of the two-wheeler market and sold more than 800,000 motorcycles in India over the past financial year. (Photo by Frédéric Soltan/Corbis via Getty Images).

By: Radhakrishna N S

Hundreds of workers at motorbike companies including Yamaha Corp and Eicher Motors are on strike in the southern Indian city of Chennai, demanding better wages and a right to form unions to defend their interests. Employees said the companies had employed a large number of contract workers to get around rigid Indian labour laws that make it difficult to hire and fire full-time staff and have refused to bring them on company payrolls even after years of contract work. The unrest is the latest to hit the state of Tamil Nadu, dubbed the Detroit of South Asia because big automakers…

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