India: Coronavirus forces Nissan and Hyundai to close temporarily

  •   01/06/2021 - 09h00
  •   DEHOUI Lionel

Renault, its partner Nissan Motor and Hyundai will soon be forced to temporarily close their Indian production plants. Indeed, worried about the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country, the employees are more and more demanding in their demands.

India: Coronavirus forces Nissan and Hyundai to close temporarily

Employees are stepping up strikes and demonstrations

Renault-Nissan has a car plant in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The workers of this plant have decided to go on strike, as the administration is not responding to their demands. They have demanded much more safety measures against COVID, as two workers have already died of the disease.

Hyundai has announced a five-day shutdown of its Tamil Nadu plant. This decision follows the protest of the employees, after the cases of contamination soared in the country.

Following the death of two employees in the Tamil Nadu region due to Covid-19, concerns have been growing among the workers. The workers demanded more attention from the Hyundai management, who did not hesitate to give them five days off.


Renault-Nissan facing strong pressure from employees

The various demands of the employees show how many times the companies established in India suffer from the current pandemic. Contaminations are rapid and thousands of cases of death are recorded daily. A situation that does not reassure the employees, especially since the country's health system is overwhelmed and in shortage of vaccines.

Moreover, Tamil Nadu is one of the regions of the country most affected by the disaster. Last week alone, more than 30,000 cases per day were reported in this region.

It is in this context that Renault-Nissan employees have decided to denounce the conditions in which they work. According to their allegations, the rules of social distancing are not well respected. Moreover, they denounce that the sanitary policy of the factory does not sufficiently take into account the protection of human life.

As a result, the workers' unions demand a reduction in production to improve social distancing. They also demand vaccines, as well as more extensive insurance to cover the hospital costs of their families.


The health situation in India remains critical

According to the assessment announced by the Indian Health Ministry, the death toll due to Covid has crossed the 300,000 mark. It said that about 4,000 cases of death are recorded daily and about 222,315 new infections in a day.

By crossing the 300,000 Coronavirus-related death mark, India has become the third country in the world to reach this record. It is still behind the United States and China, but that may not last if the pandemic continues to be so severe.

The Ministry of Health has announced a total of 303,720 deaths, of which 50,000 have been recorded in less than two weeks. In addition, infections since the beginning of the crisis have already exceeded 26.7 million cases.