The 13-day strike at India’s largest car-maker Maruti Suzuki India’s Manesar plant in Haryana resulted in a revenue loss of Rs420 crore and a production loss of 12,600 cars.
Although the strike was called off late Wednesday, the agreement mediated by the Haryana government didn’t mention the Maruti management’s refusal to recognise a new trade union, which led to the strike from June 4. The workers, however, told HT they would not withdraw the application for registration of the Maruti Suzuki Employees Union (Mesu) that was set up on June 3.
The Maruti management agreed to reinstate the 11 workers sacked on June 6 although they will face disciplinary action. The company will also lower the penalty of an eight-day pay cut for every man day lost.
A senior Maruti official said, “Depending on their (workers’) behaviour in the next few weeks, we may bring that down to a maximum three days to maybe even a single day.”
On the possibility of the company not recognising the new union even after it is registered, Gurudas Dasgupta, general secretary of All India Trade Union Congress, said, “It is not for the company to decide whether to let workers form a union or not.”