Under the Industrial Disputes Act, persons employed in public utility services cannot go on strike without issuing a notice six weeks in advance. The strike must also not be organised within 14 days of giving such a notice, or during ongoing conciliation proceedings, or even within seven days of the conclusion of such proceedings.
A Soundararajan, the State President of CITU (Centre of Indian Trade Unions), said that this would in effect mean that the workers cannot engage in strike for their rights. Once the segment is treated as public utility. Since prior notice is required, they cannot protest during the time of conciliation and even if the conciliation fails, the matter would go to court.
Tamil Nadu has a well-developed auto ecosystem and is among the top 10 automobile hubs worldwide. The state accounted for about 45 per cent of India's motor vehicle exports in 2017-18. It also accounts for 35 per cent of India’s auto component production and has MRF, the largest tyre maker in the country.
Chennai has an annual installed capacity of 1.71 million cars. India's sixth largest city, often referred as the Detroit of India, produces three cars a minute, one truck every two minutes and one motorcycle every six seconds.