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Talks between Maruti Suzuki management, workers fail again

By Motortrend India Staff   |   26 September,2011

Renewed talks between Maruti Suzuki’s management and its workers to end the 29-day impasse at the company’s Manesar plant remained inconclusive on Monday.

The talks, resumed a week after the previous meeting brokered by the Haryana government collapsed, saw the company’s recognised workers’ body, Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union (MUKU), negotiating on behalf of the Manesar plant employees.

According to the sources, Monday’s talks failed to reach an agreement but there will be fresh rounds of negotiations on Tuesday.

“If things progress amicably for all the parties involved, then the help of Haryana government could again be sought to end the stalemate,” a source said.

With the management refusing to hold direct talks with the Manesar plant workers, whose demand for formation of a new body Maruti Suzuki Employees Union (MSEU) has been rejected, the workers have authorised MUKU to negotiate on their behalf. However, it is understood that three representatives of the Manesar plant were also party to Monday’s negotiations.

In the meantime, MUKU President Kuldeep Janghu said it has asked the management to try to resolve the issue at the earliest and the union will observe hunger strike on September 28 in support of colleagues at the Manesar plant.

“We have given a notice to the management about the hunger strike in support of Manesar colleagues, but production will carry on as usual,” he said, adding the strike could be withdrawn “if there is positive development”.

In the meantime, Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) said it will hold a protest rally in front of the plant in solidarity with agitators on Wednesday.

Last week, about a dozen trade unions demonstrated in various places across the country to express solidarity with agitating workers at Manesar plant.

Meanwhile, MSI said it hired 50 more temporary workers at the Manesar plant to ramp up the output further. It rolled out 700 units of its hatchback Swift on Monday.

“The strength of trained and experienced technicians has reached 1,000 in Manesar plants as the company brought in 50 more experienced and ITI trained people on Monday to join the production activities at the plants,” it added.

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