Madras High Court orders COVID-related audit of Renault-Nissan plant

Written by: Reuters

(Reuters, June 1)

An Indian court on Monday ordered officials to inspect coronavirus-related safety protocols at Renault-Nissan’s Tamil Nadu car plant, where workers are on strike over allegations that social distancing rules are not being followed.

Workers at the southern Indian factory, jointly owned by Renault and alliance partner Nissan Motor, did not report for duty on Monday over COVID-related safety concerns, the workers’ union said.

Nissan, which owns a majority stake in the plant, denied the workers’ safety allegations and told an Indian court it followed all guidelines. The company also said it would cooperate with the state government during the inspection and would reopen the factory gradually.

“Nissan continues to hold the safety and wellbeing of employees at the heart of our operations,” a spokeswoman said, adding it will continue to add measures to safeguard employees and their families.

The Renault-Nissan plant has been shut since Wednesday.

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