Close to 65 unions from various companies and workers from 50-60 industrial units that do not have unions have decided to join the strike at Maruti Suzuki’s plant here, where work has been stalled for nine days now.
The workers and the unions are from units operating in Gurgaon and Daruhera region of state, which is predominantly an auto hub. In fact, efforts are underway to get workers from Greater Noida-based auto companies and ancillaries to join the protest, union office bearers said.
The move comes as negotiations between the Maruti Suzuki management, workers at the Manesar plant and the state labour department did not make much headway over the number of workers that the auto company would reinstate. Even state labour minister Shiv Charan Lal’s intervention did not help the management and the workers to agree to the terms.
While Maruti Suzuki management is willing to reinstate only five of the 11 dismissed employees, the protesters want all the dismissed men be taken back along with a written assurance from the company of not taking any disciplinary action against them.
Sources said to end the deadlock that has caused over Rs 400 crore loss in the past nine days, the Haryana government is supportive of the workers' demand on reinstatement. “But the management has agreed to the formation of a new union as and when it is registered with the labour department,” said Shiv Kumar, who is nominated for the post of general secretary of the proposed union.
About more unions joining the protesting workers, All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC ) general secretary Anil Kumar said, “The unions have also got support from Greater Noida-based Honda Seil Cars India Ltd, indicating the magnitude of the issue. We would begin on Monday by holding gate meetings where every worker would be told about the plans.”