Two days after production at Maruti Suzuki's Manesar factory came to a halt following a standoff between the management and workers over the signing of a bond of good conduct, the company on Wednesday resumed production at the plant with the production of the first Swift.
The company had over the last two days begun laying the groundwork for resumption of work in the press, weld and paint shops that are highly automated in nature. On Wednesday, it brought in 120 ITI trained workers who coordinated with 50 engineers from its Gurgaon factory and another 290 supervisors to resume production.
"The ground work for preparation of a resumption of production was laid over the last 2 days and today we have been able to re start production," said a company spokesperson. "We have managed to produce around 60 cars, a mix of A Star and Swift and around 500 people are working here. We would slowly ramp it up further."
So far, Maruti has suffered a loss of production of around 2,400 cars and a revenue loss of Rs120 crore over Monday and Tuesday. It had suffered a revenue loss of Rs720 crore and a production loss of 12,600 cars during the 13 day labour strike in June that was the precursor to the current unrest.
While workers who have not signed the bond are not being allowed to enter the factory, the company has also suspended or terminated the services of around 49 workers.
"We want to work but the company is insisting that we sign the bond first, which is not acceptable," said Shiv Kumar, general secretary of the defunct Maruti Suzuki Employees Union. "No talks have been initiated with us by the management and no notice was served before the workers were suspended or fired in the last 2 days. The company is enacting a revenge on the workers for going on strike in June."