Moser Baer workers go on strike demanding wage hike

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Even as the logjam at Maruti’s Manesar plant continues, another strike has commenced at solar panel and CD-maker Moser Baer’s Noida unit, where workers are demanding a revision in wages and bonuses.

“Unfortunately, a very small group of approximately 150 associates from the packaging section of one of our optical disc plants, out of around 10,000 associates, have come up with unreasonable demands,” Bhaskar Sharma, Moser Baer India CEO (Blank Optical Media & Consumer Electronics) said. However, he said work has not stalled and the company is in discussions with the protesters since there is no union representing the agitating employees.

“We are currently in discussion with them and looking at their concerns. Our manufacturing plant is in operation,” Sharma said, adding that the management has always enjoyed a very cordial relationship and has maintained high engagement levels with all its associates. Sources said the number of striking employees was as high as 1,000, but the same could not be verified.

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Meanwhile, none of the striking employees at Moser Baer could be contacted for their version of the events. The company’s revenues for the year ended March 31, 2011, stood at Rs 2,682.93 crore, of which the storage media products business contributed Rs 1,633.10 crore.

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