Govt declares Manesar strike illegal; workers up the ante

The Haryana Labour Department declared the strike by MSI workers illegal and said it breached the settlement agreement signed on 1 October to end a 33-day-long standoff. Firstpost published a detailed story earlier today explaining the stands of both parties.

The department had also said it would initiate action to derecognise the unions of SPIL and SMIPL. This will certainly not go down well with the striking staff whose fundamental stance is around legitimising unions.

These decisions were taken in a meeting today that was attended by Police Commissioner SS Deswal, Labour Commissioner Satwanti Ahlawat, Deputy Commissioner PC Meena, Joint Commissioner of Police Alok Mittal, Additional Labour Commissioner Nitin Yadav and Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Maheshwar Dayal.

It was also decided in the meeting that movement of men and material in all the three plants should be free and workers sitting on strike inside the plants have been advised to vacate the premises immediately so that a conducive atmosphere of negotiations can be created.

The workers have been advised to sit outside the plant after taking due permission from the administration, the statement said.

The strike at Maruti Suzuki India’s Manesar plant entered its seventh day today, with no sign of an end.

“The workers are still on strike and there is no production at the plant,” a company spokesperson said.

Simultaneous strikes by workers at Suzuki Powertrain India Ltd (SPIL) and Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt Ltd (SMIPL) in support of their colleagues at MSI are also on.

In the meantime, different trade unions have called for a protest rally in front of MSI’s Manesar plant this afternoon.

Workers at MSI’s Manesar plant went on stay-in strike on 7 October afternoon completely affecting production at the plant, demanding reinstatement of over 1,000 casual workers and 44 permanent employees, who were suspended during the standoff that started on 29 August.

Simultaneously, workers at SPIL and SMIPL have gone on strike in support of their colleagues at MSI Manesar plant.

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