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Workers close ranks in Maruti

autos Updated: Sep 02, 2011 02:12 IST
Sumant Banerji

A gathering of around 2,000 workers from various companies in the Gurgaon Manesar industrial belt congregated outside the gates of Maruti's Manesar factory on Thursday as a mark of solidarity with the workers of the factory. But what will concern the company more, was the presence of a team of around 20 workers from its Gurgaon factory, as also those from other subsidiary entities like Suzuki Powertrain India — a joint venture arm of the company that makes diesel engines.

The standoff between the workers and Maruti Suzuki India Ltd that started on Monday, when the latter insisted that every worker sign a a bond of good conduct, has no solution in sight. Though the company has made stopgap arrangements to resume production at the factory, the support from Gurgaon workers does not bode well.

"We have no issues with the company at our factory but we empathise with our brothers in Manesar," said a worker, who requested anonymity. "We are here to support their cause as we do not feel it is unjust. They are not demanding their salaries be raised unnecessarily or perks be increased. Their need is basic."

Similarly, the union of Suzuki Powertrain, a JV between Suzuki Motor Corp (70%) and MSIL (30%) has also extended support.

"We are behind the workers and will support them in whatever way, under legal provisions," said Rajesh Kumar, general secretary, Suzuki powertrain India employees union.