The All-India Voltas India Employees Federation protested at Jantar Mantar on September 29, 2012 to oppose the anti-worker policies of Voltas Limited (Tata Group). This Tata company manufactures air conditioners and air cooling systems for large plants. Voltas Limited has entered into several agreements with the workers union, but the management says it will not accept any bipartite agreement. About 5000 workers of Voltas Limited, all over India, come under the Union category. In the past 15 years, the company has not appointed a single worker in this category. However, contrary to the agreement, the company has been appointing contract workers even for regular work. Presently, there are 8000 contract workers, 3000 management category and 600 union category employees. The Tata company gets its work done on contract, paying the workers lower wages and exploiting them.
In the last 5 years, the demand of the workers for a wage raise has not been accepted; neither bonus nor any ex-gratia payments have been made. The Union has filed a case against the Managing Director and other managers for violation of the Agreement and the Karnataka High Court has issued penal orders against the management. The workers are on an indefinite relay fast over the past 400 days in protest against the violation of the Agreement. The Tata Group talks a lot about its social responsibility and concern for the welfare of workers, but in actual fact, they do exactly the opposite.
Mazdoor Ekta Committee and Kamgar Ekta Chalwal (Mumbai) participated for the entire day in the protests of the All India Voltas Employees Federation.