Maruti workers go on strike, production hit

MANESAR: Production at the Manesar plant of car manufacturing major Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) was adversely affected on Saturday afternoon after nearly a thousand employees went on strike.

Confirming the development, the company in a statement said, “A section of workers stopped work for a few hours on Saturday afternoon at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant,” without specifying the reasons for the strike. The production was stopped after 3 pm.

However, according to a PTI report, the company did not specify how much production was hit at the Manesar plant because of the strike.

The protesters – mostly casual and permanent labourers – are opposing the present union and staged a dharna inside the factory premises against the company’s management.

The protestors alleged that the company failed to conduct the election of employees’ union in March 2011 despite being promised..

They further alleged that the present union — Maruti Kamgar Union — has over 5,000 employees from both the Gurgaon and Manesar plants. The protestors claimed that the board members of the present union were not protecting their interest rather their policies have been in favour of the company.

They have filed the registration of a new union — Maruti Suzuki Employees Union. Agitating employees have demanded that the Manesar plant should have a separate union and that no action should be taken against the protesting employees.

Arvind, one of the protesters said that the management did not want them to join the union.

Sources said that the management does not want formation of a new union after two separate unions were formed in another subsidiary of the auto major.

“A circular was issued and each employee was being asked to sign it and thereby approve of the existing union,” said a senior executive.

Cops were rushed to the spot immediately after there were reports of workers’ strike. By 8.30 pm, the district labour commissioner had also reached the spot. But till late night, the issue remained unresolved.

“We have deployed enough cops to ensure that no untoward incident take place in the factory,” said a senior police officer.

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