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Manesar stir: Maruti's output heading for total halt

delhi Updated: Oct 11, 2011 20:13 IST

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Maruti Suzuki's production is heading towards a complete halt with its main plant in Gurgaon rolling out only a third of its daily output of 2,800 units on the 5th day of the strike on Tuesday.

The company has been hit not only by strike of its workers at the Manesar plant but also by shortage of parts from Suzuki Powertrain India. Labourers are on stir there as well in support of their colleagues at MSI.

Meanwhile, the Haryana Labour department has slapped a notice on workers for "breach of settlement" that was signed on October 1 to end the 33-day-long impasse, asking them to respond within next 48 hours.

On the other hand, all national trade unions cutting across party lines -- AITUC, CITU, HMS, INTUC, BMS, AIUTUC, TUCC, AICCTU and UTUC -- lashed out at the company management, accusing it of "high-handed provocative activities" and said not allowing casual workers to join duty is "an absolute act of vengeance".

The strike by workers at Suzuki Powertrain India Ltd (SPIL) and Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt Ltd (SMIPL) in support of their colleagues at Maruti Suzuki India's (MSI) Manesar plant have worsened the situation.

"The Manesar plant of Maruti Suzuki continues to remain captive in the hands of striking workers. No production took place at the plant today," MSI said in a statement.

It said, "The production at the company's Gurgaon plant has further come down today as there was no supply of diesel engines and also transmissions from SPIL due to workers remaining on strike at SPIL plant. The Gurgaon plant produced only 1,000 units today."

The company had yesterday rolled out 1,800 units from Gurgaon as against a normal daily production of 2,800 units.

A series of strikes at the Manesar plant since June this year has resulted in excise revenue losses to the tune of nearly Rs 350 crore for the government, while the company has already suffered a hit of up to Rs 1,540 crore with a total production loss of 51,375 units so far.

Because of the strike, exclusive component suppliers to MSI fear heavy losses during this festival season.

They have sought intervention of Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda -- who alongwith his ministerial colleagues, is busy in Hisar for by-election on October 13 -- to help resolve the issues.