Maruti Suzuki strike: 3 workers in judicial remand

NEW DELHI: The labour crisis at Maruti Suzuki India aggravated on Monday when the bail plea of three union leaders arrested on Sunday was rejected by a court. Late Sunday, the police had arrested three main leaders representing the workers – president Sonu Gujjar, general secretary Shiv Kumar and Ravinder Kumar, an executive committee member of Maruti Suzuki Employees Union. The three will continue to be in judicial remand at Bhondsi jail for 14 days as the court dismissed their bail plea. They are likely to file new bail applications on Tuesday.

The mood in the Manesar-Gurgaon belt remained tense after the arrest, with workers planning a showdown of strength, though no untoward incident was reported till the time of going to the Press. “We will decide on the future course of action shortly. We have proposed a meeting of workers’ apex body that will mandate the necessary decisive measures needed to be taken,” said Rajesh Kumar, general secretary, Suzuki Powertrain India Employees Union. Meanwhile, the Haryana government continued its efforts to strive reconciliation talks between the management and protesting workers, but no negotiation could be reached as the stalemate continued on the issue of reinstating all the sacked 57 workers, which the company has not accepted so far.

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