Tension returned at Maruti Suzuki India’s Manesar plant on Tuesday evening after the management suspended two workers on charges of instigating fellow workers to participate in an agitation.
Heavy contingents of police force were deployed in the plant as the workers held a meeting to express their anguish.
Though the workers resumed the duty as per schedule and did not disrupt the production, they announced to fight it out till the end against the alleged high-handedness of the management.
An MSIL official said the management suspended two workers, who were found instigating the fellow workers against the firm’s officials and spoiling the atmosphere inside the plant. However, the production went on uninterrupted, he added.
Sonu Gurjar, president of Maruti Suzuki Employees’ Union (MSEU), said the management suspended one vice-president and an office-bearer, charging them of long absenteeism.
“The MSIL management has suspended two workers, alleging that they had been absent from work for 13-15 days without seeking formal leave. On July 28, too, four members of our union were suspended. The management seems to have decided to suppress our demands by targeting the workers,” he added.
Fearing protest from workers, the management had called a large number of policemen in the Manesar plant complex, said a worker. Gurjar warned, “We will decide the future course of action against the suppression tactics employed by the management in the union’s executive body meeting. The management is deliberately targeting the office-bearers of the new union.”