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Maruti to fire 500 workers;Manesar plant to resume work on Aug 21

chandigarh Updated: Aug 16, 2012 22:02 IST
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Maruti Suzuki has served termination notices on 500 regular workers before lifting the month-long lockout at its violence-hit Manesar plant from August 21.

The company is also said to be planning to remove 500 contract workers over their alleged involvement in the violence on July 18 in which a General Manager (HR) was killed and nearly 100 others were injured.

"About 300 workers will start work on Tuesday and when we start, we would be producing about 150 cars per day," Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Chairman R C Bhargava told reporters here on Thursday.

He said MSI will gradually ramp up production but did not provide a timeline for reaching full output at the plant that has an annual capacity of 5.5 lakh units. Before the incident the plant had employees' strength of 3,300 of which 1,528 were permanent.

The production which was suspended on July 21, will restart with two popular models -- DZiRE and Swift, he added.

The overall loss is estimated to be over Rs 1,500 crore. Production will resume under heavy security with Haryana police providing 500 personnel. Besides, MSI will have its own 100 personnel apart from 40 personal security officers.

"We wanted to ensure that work can be carried out within the factory and also provide security to workers while returning home," Bhargava said.

On the fate of the workers allegedly involved in the violence, Bhargava said: "We have already issued notices to 500 permanent workers at the plant. The number may increase depending upon the investigation and if there is a need to issue more notices, we will."

Besides, 500 contract workers have been identified for their alleged involvement in violence and would not be taken back during new hiring to start on September 2, sources said.