Saturday, July 26, 2014
By Kamal Swami
MSIL Union requires bail for workers arrested in Manesar violence
Maruti's powerful Gurgaon labour union has taken up the cudgels for workers arrested in 2012 for the unrest at the company's Manesar plant, which had resulted in the death of a senior manager and arrest of several workers. The July 2012 incident had seen the Haryana government ordering a probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) even as the company went ahead and sacked nearly 500 of the 1,500-odd permanent workers at the Manesar plant. The police had also rounded up several workers at the plant after the unrest, and nearly 150 are still in jail.
Kuldeep Jhangu, general secretary of the Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union (MUKU), which is the workers body at the Gurgaon plant, said that denial of bail is "unjust" and claimed that most of those arrested are "innocent". "Two years have passed since the incident has happened and these workers are still languishing in jail. This is unfair and unjust. Many of them are innocent," Jhangu told TOI. The workers will hold a rally in protest on August 3 and Jhangu said workers from all facilities of Maruti Suzuki will participate in that. "We expect around 3,000 workers in the protest and the workers will be from the Gurgaon and Manesar plants of Maruti Suzuki, the two-wheeler plant of Suzuki and from the engine making company Suzuki Powertrain."
The protest will be held in Rohtak and Jhangu said that they will petition the state government to intervene in the matter. "There has not been a proper inquiry into the incident. We want justice for those, who have been arrested, and the least they can get is bail in the intervening period." The SIT probe had concluded that the violence was not instigated from outside, but was due to internal issues between the Maruti management and the workers.
Courtesy: Economic Times.