The Haryana government has unambiguously thrown its weight behind the Maruti Suzuki management with chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda promising full support to the management in the ongoing standoff with workers.
According to sources, Hooda, who met Maruti Suzuki India’s (MSI) top executives, including managing director and CEO Shinzo Nakanishi, on Wednesday has assured the firm that the state government will not permit formation of a second union.
Meanwhile, as the ongoing strike at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant enters its 12 day, over two lakh workers in around 65 factories, who have been supporting the striking workers, have decided to work empty stomach on June 17 to support their counterparts in Maruti.
“We will not stop work and incur any loss to our companies, but will work empty stomach on June 17,” Suresh Gaur, district president, All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) said.
The two lakh workers will include workers from the industrial belt of Gurgaon, Rewari, Dharuhera and Bhiwani.
Besides, AITUC has decided to go on a two-hour tool down strike on June 20. “All the factories will participate in a two-hour tool down strike from 11am to 1pm on June 20 in support of our colleagues in Maruti,” Gaur added.
A Maruti official told HT, “No decision has been taken in the meeting. The meeting may continue tomorrow.” Meanwhile, the AITUC is not expecting the strike to be over any time soon. Gaur said, “If all efforts fail, we will stage an NCR-level rally.”