Work at Maruti resumes today, workers not happy
Production at Maruti Suzuki India Limited's (MSIL) Manesar plant will resume on Tuesday even as disgruntled labour unions termed the move as a one-sided decision. Deevakar Anand reports.gurgaon Updated: Aug 21, 2012 01:34 IST
Production at Maruti Suzuki India Limited's (MSIL) Manesar plant will resume on Tuesday even as disgruntled labour unions termed the move as a one-sided decision.
The factory had been shut down after the July 18 arson that left a senior manager dead and nearly 100 executives injured. For now, 300 workers will start production in one shift.
Prominent trade unions such as the All India Trade Union Congress and the CPI (Marxist)-affiliated Centre of Indian Trade Unions, along with workers' unions in the Gurgaon-Manesar-Bawal auto-belt, have come together to protest the 'one-sided' decision to reopen the factory.
Rakhi Sehgal, vice president of the Hero Honda Theka Mazdoor Sangathan, said that MSIL's move to begin production after sacking so many workers will "add to the outrage".
"If the management thinks such one-sided decisions will set things right, it's only a delusion. Unless labourers' rights are addressed, there can't be a permanent solution," Sehgal said.
The resentment was palpable even at the automaker's Gurgaon plant. Kuldeep Jhangu, general secretary, Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union (the union at the Gurgaon plant), said they were curious about who the 300 workers are.
"Resuming partial production is a temporary arrangement. The management should stop acting unilaterally and take into consideration the wishes of workers too, including those who have been unfairly sacked.
We want a fair trial for all those arrested for the July 18 violence," he said.
Families of the 150 MSIL workers who have been arrested will demonstrate in front of the Gurgaon deputy commissioner's office on September 5.