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Suzuki unhappy that workers have reneged on agreement: Maruti

By Motortrend India Staff   |   12 October,2011

Maruti Suzuki India on Wednesday said its Japanese parent Suzuki Motor Corp has expressed concern and unhappiness over the the ongoing labour problem at the Manesar plant.

“Suzuki has expressed concern over what is happening here and it is particularly unhappy that the workers have reneged on their agreement,” Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Chairman R C Bhargava told PTI at New Delhi.

MSI is Suzuki Motor Corp’s biggest overseas arm and accounted for 11.33 lakh units out of the Japanese auto major’s total global sales of 26.42 lakh units in 2010-11.

Asked about the steps that the management is taking to resolve the issue, he said: “The ball is not in our court. We can only speak to them (workers) if they are ready. It is very difficult to talk to the workers right now as they have a very aggressive attitude.”

Stating that the workers have been influenced from outside, he said: “I hope better sense prevails.” Bhargava said the situation inside the plant remains volatile, but “we have police presence for the security of our equipment inside the plant”.

The company has also spoken to the Haryana government to find an amicable solution to the issue, he added. On Sunday, MSI dismissed 10 workers, terminated five trainees and suspended 10 employees in connection “with the strike and violence at the Manesar factory premises”.

As per the agreement reached on October 1, the company had agreed to conditionally take back suspended 18 trainees.

The workers, in turn, had agreed to sign the ‘good conduct bond’, which said they would “not resort to go-slow, intermittent stoppage of work, stay-in-strike, work-to-rule, sabotage or otherwise indulge in any activity which would hamper normal production at the factory”.

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