Honda Cars initiates VRS for Greater Noida plant workers

Honda's move comes after Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Tata Motors and two-wheeler manufacturer Hero Motocorp took similar steps in recent past.
File photo of Honda logo
File photo of Honda logo

Auto major Honda Cars India on Wednesday said it has initiated a voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) for its manufacturing line associates at Greater Noida plant in Uttar Pradesh order to increase productivity and efficiency.

The scheme, which is in agreement with workers' union at the facility, will be operational between January 28 and February 17, 2020.

"TheVoluntary Retirement Scheme has been offered to our manufacturing line associates which is a regular industry practice to increase efficiency and productivity in operations," a Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) spokesperson said when contacted over the issue.

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The scheme is fully voluntary and benefits offered have been developed after taking suggestions from many associates so that it provides a win-win situation for both the organisation and the associates, it added.

"The schemewill provide an opportunity to our manufacturing lineassociates to take pre-retirement from the company and explore new dimensions in their life and career," the spokesperson said.

The Japanese automaker rolls out models like City, Civic and CR-V from the Greater Noida facility.

The company also has a manufacturing facility at Tapukara (Rajasthan) where it manufactures models like Amaze, WR-V, Jazz and BR-V.

The capacity utilisation at the Greater Noida plant currently remains low due to limitedproduction of BS-VI compliant models, the spokesperson said.

Honda has come up with VRS at a time when the industry is going through an unprecedented slowdown.

The automobile industry recorded its worst-ever sales decline in two decades in 2019.

With such market conditions, manufacturers have been forced to take drastic steps like production cuts and in some cases even reduction in workforce.

Last year, Toyota Kirloskar Motor had initiated a voluntary retirement scheme for the employees of its manufacturing facility in Bidadi, Karnataka.

The company, which is a joint venture between Japanese auto major Toyota and Kirloskar group, had commenced the scheme for its unionised employees and supervisory category with a minimum of five years of service at the plant.

Similarly, two-wheeler market leader Hero MotoCorp had also come up withVRS for its employees last year.

Earlier, Tata Motors had also offered VRS to a particular setof employees to trim costs as part of restructuring.

First Published Date: 29 Jan 2020, 17:54 PM IST
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