A frenetic round of negotiations between the striking workers and the management to break the 10-day-old deadlock at India’s largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar factory failed late Monday evening, even as the company softened its stance to workers forming a separate, internal but unaffiliated union, specifically for the plant.
The fresh negotiations had raised hopes of an imminent solution to the crisis. But the two parties could not reach a consensus on the reinstatement of 11 workers whom Maruti had fired last Monday, citing indiscipline and the nature of the new union.
A majority of these workers are members of the as-yet unrecognised union formed by factory’s 2,500-odd workers.
“Despite our efforts, talks have failed and we have not been able to arrive at a consensus,” said SY Siddiqui, managing executive officer (HR, finance, IT), MSIL, the chief negotiator from the company.
Maruti had agreed to the worker’s central demand for a separate union for the factory, but wanted it to be governed by a body that would comprise members from the union at the Gurgaon factory as well.
The workers were not in consonance with that and wanted the union to be independent. Maruti was also adamant that it would not reinstate the workers who had been axed last week.