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Maruti rolls out 150 cars from Manesar, labour issue continues

By Motortrend India Staff   |   04 September,2011

The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India on Saturday said it rolled out 150 cars from its Manesar plants with another batch of 125 people joining production operations, even as the impasse between management and workers at the first unit of the facility continues.

In a move to raise production volumes, the company had commenced part production of cars in Plant B at the Manesar plant on Friday. “The company brought in another batch of 125 ITI-trained and experienced people today,” Maruti said in a statement, adding that the current strength of people now available for production is 800.

As the company is working with less manpower since last Monday (August 29), start of weld operations at Manesar Plant B will help in ramping up production and overall volumes, it added.

“With Weld operations in Plant B in place now, and 800 trained and experienced people available, Maruti Suzuki has produced 150 cars,” the company said. On Friday, the company had produced 125 cars from Manesar Plant A and Plant B.

MSI on an average produces about 1,200 units of Swift, A-Star and SX4 every day from the plant. On this basis, the production loss suffered by MSI so far since Monday is estimated at about 5,625 units, valued at over Rs 280 crore.

The production at the Manesar plant has been affected since Monday after the company decided to force workers to sign a ‘good conduct bond’ before entering the factory premises, following alleged “sabotage” and deliberate quality compromise with cars produced last week.

On the first two days of the stand-off, MSI dismissed 5 permanent workers. Besides, it also suspended 26 permanent workers and discontinued the services of another 18 trainees on charges of sabotage and causing quality problems in cars.

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