Monday, October 10, 2011

Labour trouble back in Maruti's Manesar units

Workers at two factories of Suzuki Motor Corp shout
slogans as they sit on strike at the company’s Manesar plant
in Haryana on Friday. Cracking the whip, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSI) on Sunday dismissed 10 workers, terminated five trainees and suspended 10 employees in connection “with the strike and violence at the Manesar factory premises”.
In a statement, the firm said the strike by the workers and the violence thereafter violated the agreement signed by the workers with the company management on October 1 in the presence of the Haryana government officials.
“The company has dismissed 10 employees, suspended 10 others, and terminated the training of five trainees in connection with the strike and violence at the Manesar factory premises,” the statement said.

MSI said it continues to be concerned about the safety of people as well as the plant and machinery and on Sunday the company “rescued” another 100 workers who were being “held under duress” by the striking workers in the factory.
“These 100 workers were rescued with the help of the police. Yesterday, the company had similarly rescued 355 workers with the help of the police. Many of these workers had been beaten up by the striking workers,” it claimed.
“With the rescue of about 450 people, the number of striking workers in the factory premises has come down to around 1,500. About 170 regular workers have stayed away from the strike from the start,” the company said

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