Maruti strike continues, loss at Rs 270 crore

MANESAR/CHANDIGARH: The strike at Maruti Suzuki India’s (MSI) plant is threatening to spread to Gurgaon-Manesar belt, with a panel of workers of various firms in the region warning of a similar stir if demands of their agitating colleagues’ at India’s largest carmaker are not met.

A concerned state government said authorities were trying their best to end the standoff between agitating workers and management, even as the Haryana Labour department said it could take three months to give nod to the new union of MSI workers at the Manesar plant.

“If the issues are not resolved immediately, then a similar strike can happen in other factories in the Gurgaon-Manesar industrial belt,” AITUC Gurgaon District Secretary Harjeet Grover, who is also the General Secretary of HMSI Employees Union, told PTI.

He said a joint committee comprising representatives of all trade unions and various elected members from unions in different companies, including Hero Honda, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) and Rico Auto, has been formed to support the MSI workers.

Reacting to the development, Haryana Industries Minister Randip Singh Surjewala expressed concern but insisted that authorities were trying their best to end the standoff between agitating workers and management.

“We are concerned that no industrial dispute takes place which has the capacity to hamper growth (of automobile industry),” he said.

“Labour department is examining the issue minutely and is in constant touch with the both the parties (workers and management) so that the dispute could be amicably settled,” Surjewala said.

Over 1,000 workers from different firms in the Gurgaon -Manesar industrial belt gathered at the gate of MSI’s Manesar plant today to stage ‘satyagraha’ supporting the strike.

Around 2,000 workers at MSI’s plant here have been on strike since Saturday demanding recognition of a new union — Maruti Suzuki Employees Union (MSEU) — formed by those working at the Manesar plant, among other things.

Meanwhile, Haryana Labour Department said that it might take three months to give a nod to formation of the new union after following the due procedure and formalities’ under Trade Union Act.

“As per our labour policy, union can be formed in three months after filing proper documentation and pursuing due procedure,” a senior official of Labour department said.

Workers of Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant had applied for forming a new union on June 3 with the Labour department.

On the sixth day of the strike, production loss touched 5,400 units at an estimated value of Rs 270 crore. MSI’s scrips closed the day on the BSE at Rs 1,217.25 per share, down 0.72 per cent.

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