Maruti stir threatens to spill to other auto companies

ET reported that the strike by workers at Maruti Suzuki at its Manesar factory is threatening to spread to other auto and component makers in the Manesar Gurgaon belt, which makes about half of all the cars and bikes in the country.

The Maruti workers’ demand for an independent workers’ union has struck a sympathetic chord among workers in neighboring units including Hero Honda, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter, Rico Auto, Omaxe Auto and Lumax Industries.

As per report, unions at these companies are now threatening to strike work against their respective companies.

Mr Bhagwan Malik HMSI Employees Union’s secretary said that “We have decided to call a one day strike to protest against the indecisive Maruti management. We will give them some time before taking a final call on the issue.”

Mr Raj Kumar president of Rico Auto’s workers union at the Daruhera plant near Manesar said that “If Maruti Suzuki fails to act on workers’ demands, we will resort to a strike at our plants in coming days.”

Mr Kamal Sharma Employees’ Union president at Hero Honda’s Daruhera plant said that “We will extend all support to Maruti employees and may go on strike to express our solidarity. If required, we will come to a common location and protest for joint demands.”

Workers from these companies and about two dozen other ancillary units here joined the protest outside Maruti’s Manesar plant on Thursday.

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