Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Voilence broke out between workers & management at Maruti Suzuki India, production stopped

In yet another incident between management and workers at Maruti, a supervisor at plant abused a permanent worker with castism remarks, the workers who was abused is believed to be a dalit worker. While no immediate comments could be obtained from a Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) spokesperson, sources said there were violent incidents inside the plant and alleged that the workers also ransacked offices inside the premises.

Production at Maruti Suzuki India's Manesar plant is understood to have been affected following scuffle between workers and management employees on Wednesday afternoon. A worker source, who also confirmed that there were violent fights between them and management employees, said: "Right now work is completely stopped and we are vacating the plant."

"There is tension prevailing at the plant. About 1,500 workers of the morning shift have not left the complex so far. If the management does not take back the worker, we may stop our work," Singh said

Last year, MSI had witnessed three separate instances of labour unrest at its Manesar plant, which mainly produces the Swift, causing a total production loss of about 83,000 units. 

In June 2011, a 13-day strike demanding the recognition of the erstwhile Maruti Suzuki Employees' Union (MSEU) had brought production to a standstill at the plant. It was followed by another standoff between the management and the workers on August 29 and had lasted for 33 days. 

In October 2011, the company again saw its workers going on a 14-day strike that ended after the signing of a tripartite agreement between the management, workers and Haryana government representatives. 

Following the settlement, a new body -- MSWU -- was formed after the office-bearers of MSEU had left the firm after taking a severance package of minimum Rs 16 lakh each. 

MSWU is now led by Ram Mehar Singh as president and Sarabjeet Singh as general secretary.


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