Around 2,000 workers of the country's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL) swarmed near its Manesar-based facility on Thursday to celebrate the registration of their newly-formed workers’ union.
The workers danced to various Bollywood numbers played by a DJ and their numbers swelled as workers of the Suzuki Power Train and Suzuki Bikes also joined in the celebrations.
The newly-formed body —Maruti Suzuki Workers' Union (MSWU) — was approved by the Haryana Labour department earlier this week.
The MSWU was formed after the office-bearers of the now defunct Maruti Suzuki Employees’ Union (MSEU) had left the firm after taking a severance package last year.
The workers were left in the lurch after the development with the ceasing of no representation to their grievances with the management.
Ram Mehar Singh, president of the new body, said, “There is a set of demands that I will put before the Maruti management in the coming days.”
He, however, did not divulge more details. “We are chalking out the final list of our grievances.” The workers are likely to raise the demand for wage revision, said sources.
Singh also claimed that the newly-formed union is independent and completely non-affiliated to any political trade union “unlike the previous body MSEU”.
Last year, MSIL’s Manesar plant witnessed major labour unrest leading to an estimated production loss of nearly 83,000 units of cars.
Stand-offs between the management and workers resulted in a 13-day strike in June, 33 days in August-September and 14 days in October.