Maruti workers' protest echoes in RS

Hundreds of employees from over 40 factories in the Gurgaon-Manesar area on Friday held a protest demonstration against the Maruti Suzuki management’s decision to sack 500 workers from its plant here.

The demonstrators included workers from Maruti’s Gurgaon plant. The workers’ move also found its echo in the Rajya Sabha. Tapan Sen, CPM Rajya Sabha MP and leader of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), told Deccan Herald that all the Central trade unions participated in the rally in support of the sacked workers.

The management of India’s largest car manufacturer announced on Thursday that it would sack 500 workers for their alleged involvement in the violence which left a company executive dead and over 100 injured.

Sen said: “Workers’ Day was observed by the employees not just at Manesar but throughout Haryana. The protesters submitted a memorandum to the Gurgaon deputy commissioner demanding reinstatement of the sacked workers.”

Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Tapan Sen took strong objection to the “mass dismissal” of workers in Maruti plant and termed it “vindictive and retaliatory.” The JMM demanded a CBI probe into the violence that took place in the factory. Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Sen said: “There has been mass scale summary dismissal of workers in Maruti in total violation of the laws. It is an act of vindictive and retaliatory action in connivance with law enforcement agencies...Trade Unions condemn this action.”

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