Maruti Suzuki’s output of its best-selling Swift car reached 500 units on Monday, matching the normal daily production at its Manesar plant, even as striking workers sought the intervention of the district administration to resolve the 14-day standoff.
Maruti plans to increase Swift’s production to around 18,000 units a month to help meet the delivery schedule for the 90,000 bookings for the popular car.
A large number of the company’s 900 permanent workers at the Manesar plant have been on a strike to protest against a management directive on signing a good conduct bond.
According to the company, 95 of these workers have already signed the bond and resumed duty.
“We have also recruited 50 more ITI-trained workers at the plant, taking the total strength of available workers to over 1,100. This will help the company to bring down its dependence on permanent workers,” the company said in a statement.
Some 1,500 workers on Monday staged a rally near the Gurgaon mini secretariat, seeking the intervention of the district authorities to end the stalemate.
“We met the additional deputy commissioner and apprised him of the situation at the plant and submitted our demand to scrap any illegal administrative orders. We are willing to work but will not sign the good conduct bond,” said Shiv Kumar, general secretary of Maruti Suzuki Employees’ Union, a voluntary body of workers at the plant.