Maruti strike: crisis at Manesar plant worsens
The management is willing to recognize the new trade union but the workers all their sacked colleagues to be reinstated.
New Delhi: The country's largest car-maker Maruti Suzuki India's Manesar facility continues to be completely shut down, with a workers' strike at the plant entering its 10th day on Monday.
On Sunday, the stalemate seemed to be melting when the management agreed to recognise the new union formed by the workers.
"The talks are going on, but the strike is still continuing. The production at the plant is stopped," a company spokesperson said.
But the crisis at Maruti's Manesar plant now seems to be worsening - the management is willing to recognize the new trade union but the workers are far from satisfied.
They want all 11 of their sacked colleagues to be reinstated, but Maruti agreed to reinstate only 5.
On Monday morning, shares of the company were trading 1.19 per cent down at Rs 1,215.15 apiece on the Bombay Stock Exchange.
Around 2,000 workers at the plant have been on strike since June 4, resulting in a loss of about Rs 390 crore for the company on account of a 7,800-unit hit in output till Saturday.
Meanwhile, unions of various firms in the Gurgaon-Manesar industrial belt, who have been supporting their colleagues at the Maruti facility, will hold public meetings at the gates of
60-65 factories today to raise awareness among workers in the region about the issues at the car-maker's plant.
The All-India Trade Union Congress, which is leading the agitation along with other unions such as the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, said workers in the region will hold a two-hour tool-down strike tomorrow in support of the strike.
The Manesar plant rolls out about 1,200 units every day in two shifts.
The factory produces hatchbacks Swift and A-Star and sedans DZiRE and SX4.