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40 trade unions call for tool down agitation

Around 40 trade unions, which had shown their solidarity with striking employees of Maruti Suzuki, have decided to call for a two-hour 'tool down' on Monday from 9am. The decision came after representatives of the unions met at the Tau Devi Lal Park in IMT, Manesar, on Saturday. HT reports.

delhi Updated: Jun 11, 2011 23:19 IST
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Around 40 trade unions, which had shown their solidarity with striking employees of Maruti Suzuki, have decided to call for a two-hour 'tool down' on Monday from 9am. The decision came after representatives of the unions met at the Tau Devi Lal Park in IMT, Manesar, on Saturday.

"The demand of the striking workers was legitimate and if the Maruti management doesn't listen to their demand then we would call a two-hour tool down from 9am to 11am on Monday wherein we will not work for two hours. If this fails, a tool down would be called for an indefinite period," said Anil Kumar, general secretary, All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Gurgaon.

Meanwhile, AITUC leaders Gurudas Dasgupta and DL Sachdev are trying to bring a solution to the stalemate. They met Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in Delhi for the second time in two days, seeking his intervention for an amicable solution.

"The chief minister responded positively and told us that he has asked his labour minister and labour commissioner to resolve the matter," Sachdev said.

The workers of other unions will join the striking workers in staging a demonstration at the company gate on Monday.

The police they are ready to face any eventuality. "We have deployed police at the plant where the workers are on strike for many days. We want to maintain peace and will not allow anyone to take the law into their hands.

"The forces would be present at the site till normalcy is returned," said SS Deswal, Gurgaon police commissioner.

The strike which entered its eighth day on Saturday has cost the company, so far, a loss of about Rs 390 crore. At the same time, intense negotiations are on with Gurgaon Labour Commissioner JP Mann who is trying to bring an "amicable solution" to the impasse.