New Delhi, June 06, 2011 India leading carmaker Maruti Suzuki India had sacked 11 workers. These workers were allegedly the ring leaders of the strike, which began on June 04, 2011. According to Maruti Suzuki India Chairman R C Bhargava, “The services of 11 persons, who were inciting workers to go on an illegal strike and created an atmosphere where safety of people were in danger, have been terminated,"
He said the workers had gone on strike without any notice but added the management is continuing the dialogue with the striking workers.
According to workers sources, the sacked employees include eight office bearers of the newly formed union, Maruti Suzuki Employees Union (MSEU), besides three other workers. The workers said the company currently has one union, Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union, which is mainly dominated by those working at the Gurgaon facility.
Striking workers are demanding:
- The recognition of a new union Maruti Suzuki Employees Union (MSEU) formed by those working at the Manesar plant.
- Retaining contract labourers for the two upcoming new units inside the complex.
- Refraining from any disciplinary action against the 11 office-bearers of the new union is another demand.
The last time the company witnessed a major strike was when workers stopped production for three months between November 2000 and January, 2001. Strikes aren’t unknown in north India’s auto belt. In 2009, workers at some 60 factories in Gurgaon and Rewari in Haryana went on strike, protesting the death of a worker.
It will be beneficial for all if any amicable solution is reached between both the parties. Company had incurred a production loss of about 1,200 units on operational day and there is huge unrest among the employees. Hope government is keeping eagle eye on the situation there is inside information that external factor (outside union) are trying leverage this situation.