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Strike at Maruti's Manesar plant enters day 10

Jun 13, 2011 09:02 PM IST India India
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Manesar: Labour troubles have dealt car-maker Maruti a stunning blow. Over 600 workers at its Manesar plant have gone on strike, which is in its tenth day. The company says the strike is costing it Rs 40 crores a day and the biggest hit will be on its diesel variants. If you are looking to buy your favourite Maruti car you may have to wait a little longer. The waiting period for diesel models like Swift, DeZire SX4 and A Star is normally 2 to 3 months, but now it may take longer. Auto Analyst RK Dhawan says, "Right now if the waiting for the diesel cars is 3 months then due to this strike the delay could be 6 months and that will make things difficult for Maruti." The pressure on Maruti India to deliver diesel car has been further aggregative due to the strike at the Manesar plant which produces 1200 cars a day but for the past 10 days the production has been zero. The workers on strike are demanding an independent union for the Manesar plant, not affiliated to Maruti’s Gurgaon plant. Another major demand is that the company reinstates all the 11 sacked employees. AITUC, Gurgaon President, All India Trade Union Congress Suresh Guar said, “We want a different union because the union at Gurgaon is under the management pressure and we want separate union because our issues are different from that of Gurgaon factory.” The striking workers are getting support from workers elsewhere. Infact Tuesday will see a 2 hour tool down strike across factories in Gurgaon and Manesar. The strike is costing Maruti dear and the company has already incurred losses of over 300 crores. But the workers don't seem to be in a mood to relent.