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Friday, September 30, 2011

By Pranjal Gera

Fresh talks on the protest at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant failed again

The discussions to put an end to the instability going on since last thirty days at the Manesar based production unit of Maruti Suzuki stayed indecisive on 28th September. The dialogue among the representatives of MUKU (Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union) - the Gurgaon based manufacturing unit and workforce of Manesar plant pulled out least outcome, causing the risk of new industrial uprising in the area.

There are two reasons why the workers are disturbed at Haryana’s Manesar unit of Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL). Firstly, the workers are not in support of sacking of the 62 co-workers and secondly they are against the management asking them to sign the ‘agreement of good conduct’ forcefully; and then only allowing them to enter the manufacturing unit.

As per MUKU general secretary Mr. Kuldeep Janghu, there were many discussions held in the past with the company but the matter gets halted on the re-calling of 62 dismissed workers, although Maruti has decided to call back 18 trainee workers and also there are chances of changing the status of some discharged workers to suspension. As a result some constructive conclusion can be expected.

A notice to the management has been served about observing of a hunger strike in favor of Manesar colleagues and ensured that this will not hamper the production work, as said by Mr. Kuldeep Janghu.

As of now the Maruti Suzuki’s Gurgaon based plant rolls out many cars such as Estilo, Ritz and Wagon R, while the Manesar unit manufactures strategic models such as Maruti SX4, Swift Dzire, A- Star and Maruti Swift.

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