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Talks fail, Honda brass to take final call on workers

The talks between the management of Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India ((HMSI) and employees failed to yield any result as top management officials of the company did not turn up for meeting.

india Updated: Aug 08, 2012 01:19 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

The talks between the management of Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India ((HMSI) and employees failed to yield any result as top management officials of the company did not turn up for meeting.

HMSI had suspended two employees a day before over the issue of over-time and leave, which triggered tension in the company.

The hour-long meeting was held at the city labour department office and attended by HMSI Employees' Union office-bearers, two representatives of the Industrial Relations Department of the company of a manager and deputy manager and a labour officer.

No senior labour department official was present during the meeting.

Honda industrial relations manager Navin Sharma and deputy manager Sunil Dahiya attended the meeting. According to sources, the company managers maintained that they would apprise the top management about the union's demand. The management is likely to take a decision on the demand on Wednesday, added the sources. Both sides would meet again on Thursday.

Sources said while the management wanted to hold an "in-house inquiry" before taking any decision over revoking of workers' suspension, the union leaders rejected the idea and insisted on their immediate reinstatement.

Union general secretary Harjit Grover said, "We don't trust the so-called in-house inquiries. They are biased towards the management as the findings have always been against the workers."

Grover claimed the labour department has assured the union leaders of impressing upon the Honda management for an "amicable solution early".

The union was not in favour of organising strikes or halting production, he said. However, he added if the management stays adamant, the union would change its strategy for mounting pressure on the management to bring about a solution.

Though the production at the plant, which rolls out 16 lakh units of bikes and scooters, continued, the situation remained tense and the police were keeping a vigil around the plant to prevent Maruti-like flare-up.

On Monday, two workers Jaibir Yadav who is an executive member of the union and Naresh Yadav were suspended for an argument with a production manager that took place last week. The union alleges the suspension was on "flimsy grounds".

"We are keeping a close watch," SHO Manesar Om Prakash Bishnoi said, adding already some police personnel have been deployed around the HMSI plant. In 2005, HMSI had witnessed one of the most violent instances of industrial unrest when over 150 people were seriously injured in clash between the police and agitating workers.

Trade unions to observe labour day

The workers’ unions in the auto belt of Gurgaon-Manesar-Bawal have decided to observe ‘Labour Rights Day’ on August 17 if the government fails to take tangible measures towards ending the labour strife at Maruti-Suzuki Manesar plant and Eastern Medikit, a medical equipment manufacturing company in Udyog Vihar. Promoters of Eastern Medikit have been absconding for over two months.
Workers' representatives submitted a memorandum to Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda through Gurgaon deputy commissioner PC Meena. "The union also requested immediate resumption of work at the Maruti factory," said Kuldip Jhangu, president of the Maruti Udyog Workers' Union.

Japan lauds Hooda govt ‘initiatives’ at Maruti

HT Correspondent
Gurgaon: Japan on Tuesday lauded the 'strong initiatives' taken by the Haryana government in the wake of recent violence at the Maruti plant in Manesar.
Japanese Ambassador Akitaka Saiki conveyed his government's gratitude to Hooda when the former met the CM at Haryana Bhawan in Delhi on Tuesday.
According to a Press release, Akitaka thanked Hooda for state's commitment to the "safety and security of the investors in general and Japanese in particular".
Hooda had recently written a letter to the Ambassador in which he had informed about various steps taken by the state government to ensure safety of the employees.
In the meeting, the chief minister reiterated that the safety of entire Japanese community was the state's duty.

A full Battalion of Police, comprising about 550 police personnel and officers, had also been stationed at Manesar to ensure safety of one and all and the state government would also provide personal security if needed, he said and added that the state government was also concerned about the incident, which was the only one untoward incident that had happened so far in Haryana.

The Ambassador said that the Japanese Embassy was 'very appreciative of the measures so far taken by the state government', the release added.
A few Japanese nationals also injured in the violence in Manesar plant.

First Published: Aug 08, 2012 01:17 IST