BANGALORE: Over 200 striking workers of German auto components major Bosch were arrested on Monday for gathering outside Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s official residence.
The MICO Employees Association (MEA) members were on their way to ‘Krishna’ to submit a memorandum seeking CM’s intervention in the ongoing strike at Bosch’s Adugodi plant.
The police said the workers were arrested for not giving any intimation of the meeting and for gathering in a high security zone. The state government had prohibited the strike with immediate effect and asked workers to return to work.
MEA president Prasanna Kumar said the state government had been pressured by the company to prohibit the strike and said that they would approach the High Court.
The workers announced an indefinite strike in September this year after nearly 22 months and over 36 conciliatory meetings on various contentious issues yielded no results.
The issues included wage increases, hospitalisation benefits and confirmation of temporary workers.
The arrested workers were released after 5 pm on Monday.