Hundreds of contractual workers of Maruti Suzuki Workers’ Union (MSWU) are likely to hold an indefinite peaceful protest and hunger strike from July 18 in IMT Manesar to mark one year of the violence that broke out at the Manesar factory.
Since then, 147 workers have been locked up in jail and 2,300 workers lost their jobs.
The decision to hold the demonstration and hunger strike was taken in a general body meeting of MSWU in Gurgaon on June 23. “We want to protest against the continuous injustice meted to us by the government of Haryana and the Maruti Suzuki management by holding an indefinite peaceful demonstration and hunger strike from July 18 in Tau Devi Lal Park, IMT Manesar. This will mark one year of our fellow 147 workers in jail and termination of the services of 2,300 workers and devastation of thousands of families,” stated a press release.
Senior HR executive Awanish Kumar Dev, 51, was killed after being assaulted in the violence while 50 others, including two Japanese executives, were injured. Nearly 100 vehicles were torched by workers inside the plant.
Fearing violence and unrest by irate workers, the district administration on Thursday had banned any kind of protest or sit-ins in IMT Manesar and NH-8.
The demand charter of MSWU includes release of all arrested workers and activists and withdrawal of all fake cases. They are also seeking reinstatement of all terminated workers of Maruti Suzuki Manesar, Suzuki Powertrain India Ltd and Suzuki Motorcycles India Ltd apart from setting up of an independent impartial inquiry into the July 18 violence.
The labour dispute at Clutch Auto was resolved with the intervention of additional labour commissioner Naresh Narwal on Friday. The management agreed to pay salary of 41 days per year in addition to all old dues in a time-bound manner. Thus, a two-year long dispute was resolved amicably.