Car manufacturers Renault, Nissan Motor and Hyundai Motor are facing temporary factory closures in India, due to the growing dissatisfaction of workers worried about the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, Reuters reports, according to news.ro.
Workers at Renault-Nissan’s car factory in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu will go on strike on Wednesday because their demands for protection against Covid-19 have not been met, according to a letter sent by a union to the company’s management on Monday.
Hyundai has announced that it will suspend operations at its factory, also located in Tamil Nadu, for five days, starting Tuesday, after several employees staged a protest on Monday.
The disturbances highlight the problems faced by companies in India due to the huge wave of Covid-19 infections, the outdated health system and the shortage of vaccines, which make employees fear for their health.
Tamil Nadu is one of the hardest hit states in India, with more than 30,000 cases of Covid-19 a day reported last week.
The state, which is a car manufacturing center known as the Detroit of India, imposed a quarantine for coronavirus until May 31, but allowed some factories, including automakers, to continue operations.