More trouble seems to be brewing for Maruti Suzuki, months after reopening of its Manesar plant. The labor union of Maruti Suzuki’s key Gurgaon plant has decided to go on a two-day hunger strike from Wednesday to protest the sacking of employees of its Manesar plant.
Kuldeep Jhangu, the general secretary of Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union (MUKU), Gurgaon, said, "We are with them and will join them whenever they make a representation to the state labor department and at other forums." However, the Gurgaon workers body will not be a part of the two-day hunger strike.
Nearly 500 workers were fired at the Manesar plant, following the bloodbath on July 18 that led to the brutal killing of a senior Maruti HR official.
Apparently, the protestors aren’t happy with the management’s resolve to not take the workers back, especially when only around 200 workers have been booked for the July incident. The provisional committee comprises of seven members who will take the protest forward.
"The management's action has been most unfair as it has dismissed so many workers without even a formal inquiry. This is the reason we are asking for their reinstatement," added Jhangu.
"We want our reinstatement and a proper and unbiased inquiry into the incident, apart from the release of all our colleagues who have been arrested," Imaan Khan, one of the members of the provisional committee of MSWU ( Maruti Suzuki Workers Union) said.
The hunger strike will be held on Wednesday and Thursday at th Gurgaon DC court. "On Thursday, we will hold a protest rally in which different workers' union of the Gurgaon-Manesar belt and central trade unions will participate," Khan added.
Maruti however, is firm on its decision. "We have always maintained that the sacked workers won't ever be taken back, and that stand continues," an official said.