Friday, 7 October 2011

Maruti Suzuki Manesar plant hit by Casual workers again, production halted

Maruti Suzuki, India's top carmaker, has halted production at one of its plants in northern Haryana state due to a renewed labour strike, a spokesman said on Friday.

Work at Maruti Suzuki India's (MSI) Manesar plant, Suzuki Powertrain India Ltd, Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt Ltd and Satyam Auto came to a standstill when the workers struck work from the second shift.

The workers are demanding that the casual labourers of the Manesar plant, who have been kept out by the management after signing a deal to end a 33-day long standoff with permanent workers, be taken back. "It is unfair not to take back the casual workers while the permanent workers have been allowed to resume duties," Suzuki Motorcycle India Employees Union President Anil Kumar said. 

"This time we are not going to back off till the Maruti management fully implements what they have promised," Kumar said, adding production at the plant of the two-wheeler maker has come to a halt since late afternoon today.

Around 400 workers at Satyam Auto also went on strike, showing solidarity with the casual workers of MSI's Manesar facility.


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