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Eicher Motors says labour strife hurt Royal Enfield production

The logo of Royal Enfield is pictured on a bike at Royal Enfield's flagship shore in Bangkok, February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/Files

(Reuters) - Eicher Motors Ltd said on Wednesday a strike at one of its facilities in southern India led to a slump in production of 25,000 motorcycles in September-October, after a part of its workforce “stayed away” from work.

Workers at the facility of Eicher Motors, best known for its Royal Enfield motorcycles, saw a part of their workforce walk out last month demanding higher pay, job security and a right to form unions to collectively bargain.

The facility in Oragadam, situated in Tamil Nadu, remained operational through October, and a majority of the workforce continues to report to work, Eicher said.

Reporting by Krishna V Kurup in Bengaluru, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips

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