THESE two giant carmakers to reopen Chennai plant

Renault and Nissan Motor in India soon to breathe easy after the workers' union at its Chennai manufacturing facility finally decides to give up protests. Yes! Now both the sides have reportedly signed an interim deal to end the standoff that began last week.

The peace deal finally git signed between the Renault Nissan Automotive India Private Ltd and its worker’s union Renault Nissan India Thozhilalar Sangam which promises better Covid-19 protocol. The deal comes a day after Madras High Court ordered an audit of the facility after the workers' protest. The High Court had to step in after workers' union filed a case complaining ‘no proper maintenance inside the facility.’ Renault, Nissan and the workers' union have now agreed to an arrangement that will ensure less workforce inside the facility to ensure better social distancing norms. K Balaji Krishnan, President of the workers' union, said IANS to “Simply put, after three cars in the conveyor belt, one slot will be empty so that a worker need not move to the next workstation to complete his work." The facility could not restart operations on Monday after the workers' union sent a letter to the management saying that it is not safe for workers. The union had also suggested that the facility should operate with limited manpower. The current arrangement has been made on a trial basis from today, will mean the French and the Japanese carmakers will produce less number of cars with more of protection. As per the union, the workers will be able to produce 30 cars per hour, down by 10 cars compared to usual situation.

Meanwhile, both sides have also agreed that all workers will be vaccinated. The carmakers have offered six months salary of the worker’s last drawn pay while union demanded an increase in financial assistance.

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