Resentment runs high among workers of the Gurgaon-Manesar auto belt following Maruti Suzuki India Limited’s (MSIL) decision to sack 500 regular workers.
The workers were allegedly involved in the July 18 arson at the auto maker’s Manesar plant, which led to the killing of an HR general manager and left nearly 100 people injured.
Addressing mediapersons on Thursday, 30 trade union representatives said that as part of their “labour unity day”, 10,000 workers would take out a protest march from the Gaushala ground to the deputy commissioner’s office against the “pro-corporate and anti-labour” policies of the government.
Labour and trade union leaders termed Maruti’s decision as “random victimisation of workers”. “It’s a slap on our face. We were to submit a memorandum to chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda through the Gurgaon DC for early reinstatement of the arrested union leaders. But we got a reply in the form of the management’s decision to terminate 500 of our brothers,” said Kuldeep Jhangu, general secretary, Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union.
All India United Trade Union Centre’s (AIUTUC) Gurgaon president Ram Kumar said, “MSIL’s decision is one-sided and we’ll raise it during our protest on Friday.”
The workers will also raise the demand for better pay scales and doing away with contractual labour. “We want the minimum wage to be fixed at R15,000 a month,” said Kumar.
With less than a week left for the partial resumption of operation at Maruti’s Manesar plant, final touches are being given to the damaged offices and buildings. Some major changes have been introduced in the office located inside the plant and entry to the office block has been separated from the shop-floor area.
Accused sent to police custody
MARUTI worker Jiya Lal, the main accused in the July 18 arson at the auto major's Manesar plant, was on Thursday sent to police custody for five days, police said. He was presented before Judicial Magistrate Sandeep Yadav after his arrest on Wednesday from Dharuhera, around 40 km from Gurgaon. Jiya Lal was suspended after he slapped supervisor Ramkishore Manjhi over his alleged casteist remark on July 18. The police had sought a 10-day remand, saying that they needed time to visit places the main accused used as a hideout. They said the police need to recover articles used by him on the crime scene.
The judge, however, granted only five days' police remand. - HTC