Posco Maharashtra Plant Blockade Lifted
Local politician leading the agitation Mr Chandrashekhar Khanvilkar told Reuters that protests outside Posco Maharashtra’s plant in MIDC Industrial
Local politician leading the agitation Mr Chandrashekhar Khanvilkar told Reuters that protests outside Posco Maharashtra’s plant in MIDC Industrial Area at Tal Mangaon in Raigad district of Maharashtra will be called off because the company has agreed to meet some demands, paving the way for Posco to resume shipments to automakers. Mr Khanvilkar told “Maharashtra’s deputy chief minister met executives from Posco and some protesters on Monday and the two sides agreed to a deal. The issue has been sorted out.”
Mr Khanvilkar said “The company said it will try to give priority to local people when current employment contracts come up for renewal and preference to local companies, but it did not agree to wage raises.”
Operations at Posco Maharashtra plant have been disrupted since early March when protestors, demanding employment preference to local workers, raising the wages of temporary employees & making them permanent, giving preference to local companies for providing transport and canteen services and garden maintenance etc, blocked employees and goods from entering the plant.
The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers Director General Mr Rajesh Menon said that "Disruptions in supplies from Posco Maharashtra Steel has resulted in non availability of steel for some of the major Auto OEMs. There have been no despatches of steel since March 4 except for one day, wherein some trucks loaded with steel and held up outside the factory premises were allowed to leave for their destinations. At least one auto manufacturer's production has already got impacted.”