Maruti stir shows no sign of ending

Maruti stir shows no sign of ending

Hitting the dead end

UP In arms: Security personnel stand in front of protesting Maruti Suzuki employees in Manesar on Thursday. PTI

Over 2,000 workers at the Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant in Haryana continued to strike work for the eighth day on Saturday, resulting in production loss of over 7,500 car units.
The government had on Friday passed prohibitory orders banning the strike. The workers’ union has hardened its stand against the company after the government decision to declare the strike illegal.

The Manesar plant rolls out close to 1,200 units of the company’s hot selling brands including Swift and SX-4, everyday in two shifts. The estimated loss is pegged at around Rs 300 crore ever since the strike began.

For consumers, the ongoing strike has increased the already long waiting period for delivery of Maruti diesel variants. Even as the strike has been declared illegal, the matter has been referred to the labour court and industrial tribunal for adjudication. The striking workers have managed to garner the support of the All India Trade Union Congress and a host of other unions.  
Industries Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala said the government is hoping for a peaceful settlement of the issue and will ensure that the matter does not escalate. The protesting workers are raising the pitch seeking recognition of the union which is independent of the union at the company’s Gurgaon plant.

The employees are also seeking reinstatement of the 11 sacked workers. They  want an assurance that the company will not act against protesting and sacked workers, Shiv Kumar, the general secretary of the proposed union said.

As the government tries hard to break the ice between warring factions, holding talks with union leaders and company officials, the strike threatens to spread in the Gurgaon-Manesar industrial belt, where about 50 companies are operating. Workers also accuse the company of low basic salary and fewer breaks from work, a charge the company denies.

Another demand of the union is that hundreds of workers as contract labourers be given preference for permanent posts in new plants that the company is building. Maruti argues that it wants to reduce contract workers as much as possible and absorb them as trainees. The labour court adjudicating the matter will decide if the strike is justified or not. It will also look into the issue of sacked workers, official sources said.

Haryana govt bans strike

 Trade unions have resented  the ban on strike in the Manesar plant of Maruti Suzuki and demanded that it be lifted immediately. The unions alleged that the action is provocative and it might create unrest in Gurgaon-Manesar belt.The state government on Saturday imposed a ban on strike and referred the matter to the labour court. Labour Minister Shiv Charan Lal Sharma said the strike had been banned in the industrial unit.

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