As a reminder, Ford said last week that it would end car production in India, committing about $ 2 billion to end years of loss-making operations in a market that once promised exponential growth but disappointed. The American automaker will scale back production at its Sananda plant in western Gujarat by the fourth quarter of 2021, and car and engine production at its southern Indian plant in Chennai by 2022, potentially laying off up to 4,000 employees.
The brand’s sudden announcement has jeopardized the livelihoods of over 2,600 permanent workers and over 1,000 contract employees, union members said.
“Thousands of workers are at risk of being left on the streets as a result of Ford’s decision to close its Chennai plant,” the Chennai Ford workers union’s September 11 letter to Minister of State Tamil Nad Anbarasan said.
The union asked Anbarasan to provide guarantees of workers’ livelihoods by creating new jobs where they can earn money. Another union in Chennai, the Center for Indian Trade Unions (CITU), staged a protest against company management and the Indian government earlier Monday.
“The government must step in and stop this now,” CITU secretary E. Mutukumar told Reuters.
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