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Maruti workers take to the streets

india Updated: Sep 12, 2011 23:59 IST
Faizan Haider
Faizan Haider
Hindustan Times
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Workers of Maruti's car manufacturing plant in Manesar on Monday took out a rally from Kamla Nehru Park to the Mini Secretariat here and sought the intervention of the district administration to end the impasse between the employees and the management.

The stand-off began on August 29 when the management of the Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) prevented workers from entering factory premises unless they sign a good-conduct bond, which would prevent them from holding strike and indulging in any activity which could hamper the production at the plant.

Shiv Kumar, general secretary of the newly-formed Maruti Suzuki Employee’s Union (MSEU) said though the workers are willing to work, they will not sign the bond as asked by the company.

“If we sign the bond, we will not have our say. We have requested the administration to intervene and bring out a solution. If we do not get any solution then workers from other unions will also take part in the protest,” he said.

The company has dismissed its five workers, suspended 26 and discontinued the services of 18 trainees for sabotaging and causing quality problems in cars. The Manesar plant has about 2,500 workers and around 1,000 of them are permanent.

The agitating workers gathered at the Mini Secretarial to submit a memorandum to the district officials seeking their intervention into the matter. The workers have refused of sign the good-conduct bond and want the management should reinstate their sacked colleagues.

It was for the first time after June 2005 when hundreds of workers of the Honda Scooters and Motorcycles India Limited had marched through the city in such a big number.

But unlike their Honda counterparts, the Maruti workers were disciplined and marched peacefully in two rows through the city. However, the march affected traffic movement for more than two hours.

The district administration has said it will consider the workers’ demand and take action as per the law. So far, according to officials, no decision has been taken in this matter despite a meeting between financial secretary and labour commissioner.

On the other hand police have made all the arrangements to deal with any situation.

“We know that the workers are responsible and did not take law into their hand. However we are ready to deal with any situation,” said SS Deswal, Gurgaon police commissioner.

Meanwhile, the MSIL officials said that 95 workers have already signed the good-conduct bond and the production of Swift car has touched 500 units per day.