"In view of the Union's illegal and unjustified strike, the management has decided to shut down the plant operations for workmen at Bangalore plant with effect from the night shift of November 14 until further notice," the company said in a filing with stock exchanges.

In a statement issued separately, the company said, "Employee union of Bosch Limited, MEA (MICO Employee's Association), has resorted to an illegal "Tool Down" strike at the Bosch Bangalore Plant in Adugodi on November 14, 2013, starting at 03:00 pm (2nd shift)."

What is believed to have triggered the strike is disciplinary action by the company against a workman, also Union Office-bearer, for allegedly indulging in a verbal and physical abuse against an officer on the shop floor- regarding issuing of gate-pass for early exit without valid explanation.

Stating that the company's grievance redressal mechanism system was not used by the workman to resolve this issue, Bosch said: "After due deliberation, a disciplinary action in form of Chargesheet, in line with certified standing orders, has been issued against the identified workman."

Opposing the disciplinary action move, MEA has decided to protest through an "illegal tool down" strike without any advance notice (mandatory as per labour laws) or using the normal procedure of discussion for resolution, it claimed. The Management has made an appeal to workmen and the Union to see reason and resolve normalcy at the earliest, the statement said.

However, the statement did not mention about shut down of the plant operations, as had been stated by Bosch in a BSE filing.


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