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Govt steps in to end row

india Updated: Sep 14, 2011 01:28 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

The 15-day standoff between Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) workers and the company management may soon be resolved with the intervention of the Gurgaon administration.

MSIL workers, supported by various unions including Centre of Indian Trade Unions (Citu) and All India Trade Union Congress (Aituc) met Gurgaon deputy commissioner PC Meena on Tuesday.

It is learnt that the government has agreed to step in and a settlement is on the anvil.

Workers said they would hold a rally of thousands of workers from the auto belt of Gurgaon, Manesar, Bawal and Dharuhera in the city if the stir is not resolved till September 16.

A 12-member delegation comprising various worker union leaders from Honda Motorcycles and Scooters, FCC Rico, Eastern Medikit and Suzuki Powertrain met Meena and asked him to end the deadlock. “We have urged the administration to intervene and end the stalemate as workers are getting affected. We have told the deputy commissioner about our plans to organise a massive rally of workers,” said Satbir Singh, Citu state president. The controversy began on August 29 when MSIL locked out workers of its Manesar plant who refused to sign a good conduct bond.

The company has suspended 57 employees, including contract workers, till now and claims that 104 staff members have signed the bond and production was smooth.

Suresh Gaur, president of Honda Motorcycle and Scooters’ workers union, said, “We will decide the future course of action depending on the government’s response September 16.”

Meanwhile, Meena said the administration was willing to intervene provided the workers came with an open mind during discussion and shun their demand of taking back the sacked 57 workers.

“I have told them clearly that there would be no compromise on the production, its quality and discipline inside the MSIL plant if workers wanted the government to resolve the matter,” the deputy commissioner said.