Weeks after Ford’s decision to withdraw its application for the PLI scheme and shut its India operations, protests erupted at their Chennai plant with workers demanding a better severance package. The factory has around 2500 employees who will have to look out for new jobs as June being the last month for production at the facility.
This also comes at a time when Tata Passenger Electric Mobility, a subsidiary of Tata Motors, and Ford India, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Gujarat government for the potential acquisition of Ford’s Sanand vehicle manufacturing facility.
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“The Tata Motors MoU for the Sanand facility and discussions on packages have let the employees here down,” said a Ford India worker. Earlier, the Chennai plant employees were encouraged by the fact that Ford had qualified for the production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme where it would make EVs for exports. They were hopeful that this would lead to them being able to keep their jobs.
Workers at the Chennai facility are expecting the State government to step in and help them negotiate on their behalf for a decent severance package from the company.