Lending validation to a 13-year-long fight, a labour court here directed Maruti Suzuki to pay compensation amounting to Rs. 11 lakh to two of its sacked employees and said they were terminated in an "illegal manner".
The order for awarding the compensation is dated August, 2013. The two employees - a technician and an attendant - were members of the workers' union and removed from service in late 2000 after 15 years of service, following mass protests by over 4,500 workers of the Maruti Suzuki union in October 2000.
The workers protested the company's demand for an undertaking and the three-month-long strike resulted in daily production losses of more than 80% to the company, following which nearly 1,000 workers were terminated from regular service.
The court of presiding officer, industrial tribunal-cum-labour court-1, AK Verma, awarded a compensation of Rs. 6 lakh to former technician Duli Chand Pathak and Rs. 5 lakh to former attendant Ishwar Dayal Yadav. The two employees worked at Maruti Suzuki India Ltd's industrial unit on Palam-Gurgaon Road.
The presiding officer also noted that since the employees were jobless for 13 years and technology had undergone considerable change during this time, they would be awarded the compensation for the length of their services and the circumstances in which they were removed by the management.