Maruti Suzuki lost Rs. 420 crore due to strike

Maruti Suzuki lost Rs. 420 crore due to strike

A file photo of security personnel standing guard at Maruti Suzuki India factory at Manesar, Haryana. AP

The Manesar plant rolls out about 1,200 units every day in two shifts. The factory produces hatchbacks Swift and A-Star and sedans DZiRE and SX4. Most of these cars already have a waiting period and the strike only adds to it. However, the workers have announced that they would work overtime to make up the production loss if the company compensated them adequately.

Though, the 13-day strike called off on late Thursday after the agreement mediated by the Haryana government, issue of recognising another union is still unresolved. The strike was started after a section of employees wanted to start another employees union, namely Maruti Suzuki Employees Union which was opposed by the management.

During the agreement, the Maruti management agreed to reinstate the 11 workers sacked on June 6 although they will face disciplinary action. The company will also lower the penalty of an eight-day pay cut for every man day lost.

On the possibility of the company not recognising the new union even after it is registered, All India Trade Union Congress general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said, “It is not for the company to decide whether to let workers form a union or not.” Currently, the company has one recognised union, Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union, which is dominated by workers at the Gurgaon plant.

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