Standoff at Maruti plant continues

Production at the company’s Manesar plant remains shut even today. Both parties have hardened their stand. The management is looking at options to resume production shortly, one of which is to replace protesting workers with manpower from outside.

Maruti Suzuki had introduced its new version of Swift this month and had received advance bookings in excess of 50,000 at the time of the launch. The ongoing strike is set to stretch the waiting period of this new variant by at least a month more. The company is also planning to raise its production capacity to cope up with the crisis of demand and supply mismatch. The workers are protesting the management’s decision asking workers to sign a “good conduct bond” which seeks an assurance that they will not indulge in acts of indiscipline that hits the normal production at the plant. Sources said just about 30 workers out of 950 at Manesar plant have signed the good conduct bond.

Besides the Swift hatchback, the plant produces 1,200 cars per day including A-Star and SX4 sedan.

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