Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Ltd.: Labor Unrest in 2009*

            


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Case Code : CLHR032
Publication date : 2010
Subject : Human Resource Management
Industry : Two-wheelers
Length : 03 Pages
Price : Rs. 100

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Key words:

Industrial unrest, labor unrest, go-slow strike, labor dispute, wage revision, long term wage settlement, LTS, Trade Union, All India Trade Union Congress, AITUC, production, production capacity, location, manufacturing location, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Ltd., HMSI, Honda Motor Company Ltd., Manesar, Hero Honda, Maruti Suzuki

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Abstract:
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In 2009, labor unrest started in the Manesar plant of Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Ltd. (HMSI), the Indian subsidiary of the Japan-based Honda Motor Company. The workers allegedly resorted to a job slowdown and other tactics to push for higher wages and perks.

Issues

  » Labor/industrial unrest
  » Labor/industrial dispute
  » Strike and job slowdown

Introduction

Labor unrest, which attracted a lot of media criticism against Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (Private) Ltd. (HMSI), the Indian subsidiary of the Japan-based Honda Motor Company Ltd. , in 2005, again raised its head at the company’s Manesar plant in the year 2009...


Questions for Discussion

1. In light of this case, discuss the issues and challenges faced by organizations witnessing labor unrest. How can labor disputes be resolved?

2. Critically analyze HMSI's decision to set up a plant outside of Haryana. Do you think the company could benefit from such a move considering that labor unrest is widespread in India?

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