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Maruti strike spills Over to Gurgaon-Manesar belt

By Motortrend India Staff   |   12 June,2011

Over 50,000 workers in the Manesar-Gurgaon industrial belt, India’s biggest auto hub, will observe a two-hour tool-down strike on Tuesday in support of the agitating employees of carmaker Maruti Suzuki. The development follows a stalemate in talks on the issue of reinstating sacked employees of Maruti.


Officials of Maruti, its workers and the state government had met on Sunday to discuss contentious issues. Worker unions from Hero Honda’s Daruhera plant, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI), Rico Auto, Endurance Auto and Satyam Auto will join the two-hour tool-down strike. The auto belt produces about 50 percent of the cars and two-wheelers in the country.


“The demand to reinstate all 11 terminated employees is the biggest bone of contention, with both parties not relenting,” said a senior official of Haryana’s labour department. Meanwhile, in the first signs of a resolution to the strike that entered its ninth day on Sunday, Maruti said it was willing to recognise the new union, the main demand of the workers. The company , however, was silent on the issue of sacked workers. Maruti Suzuki Employees Union general secretary Shiv Kumar said: “If Maruti takes back all 11 workers, we are willing to end the strike.” Production loss so far is estimated to be about Rs 400 crore, with over 8,000 units less produced. The plant was closed on Sunday. The strike has the backing of several workers’ unions in the area.


“The demand to reinstate all 11 terminated employees is the biggest bone of contention, with both parties not relenting," said a senior official of Haryana’s labour department. Meanwhile, in the first signs of a resolution to the strike that entered its ninth day on Sunday, Maruti said it was willing to recognise the new union, the main demand of the workers. The company , however, was silent on the issue of sacked workers. Maruti Suzuki Employees Union general secretary Shiv Kumar said: “If Maruti takes back all 11 workers, we are willing to end the strike.” Production loss so far is estimated to be about Rs 400 crore, with over 8,000 units less produced. The plant was closed on Sunday. The strike has the backing of several workers' unions in the area .



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