Talks between India's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL) and striking workers at its Manesar-based plant, brokered by the Haryana government, remained inconclusive as the deadlock entered its 11th day on Monday.
The workers had struck work at the plant within three days of a truce between the management and workers on October 1, but had to vacate the factory after a High court ruling.
They have been on strike demanding the reinstatement of about 1,200 casual and 44 permanent workers.
“The talks remained inconclusive but it is a positive development that negotiations have started,” a Maruti official said.
The company, on Monday, produced 1,700 cars at its Gurgaon factory after two days of closure last week, and partially resumed operations at the Manesar factory’s weld and press shops. The Gurgaon plant had to be closed last week, following supply constraints of diesel engines and transmissions from Suzuki Powertrain India Ltd (SPIL), whose workers are also on strike in a show of solidarity with workers of the Manesar-based plant.
A war of words between the firm and its workers continued unabated. The company claimed that equipment and machinery had been damaged by the workers at Manesar.
Later, workers refuted the charges, while turning the heat on the company by taking out a rally at Gurgaon, attended by around 6,000 workers of different companies in the Gurgaon-Manesar industrial belt.
“The charges are baseless. Workers can never damage equipment that is the source of livelihood for them,” said Shiv Kumar, secretary general of the unrecognised rebel Maruti Suzuki Employees Union.