Trouble brewing? Maruti suspends union leader for slapping executive

Is union trouble brewing in Maruti Suzuki yet again? It seems so.

According to a PTI report citing a company official, an office bearer of Maruti Employees Union was on Monday night suspended for allegedly slapping an officer in the factory’s spare part division.

General Secretary of Maruti Employees Union Kuldeep Janghu was suspended after he allegedly slapped an officer on Monday afternoon.

“He was suspended at around 9:30PM today,” a company spokesperson has told PTI.

 Trouble brewing? Maruti suspends union leader for slapping executive

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According to the report, Jhanghu denied that he had slapped an officer.

He claimed that on Saturday an officer Sharad Kumar abused a casual worker Amod Kumar.

“Amod Kumar approached him and afterwards he and Sharad Kumar had a heated exchange of words over the issue”, Jhanghu said.

"There was trouble in the spare parts division in the Gurgaon plant where a casual worker was manhandled by the manager on Saturday. Janghu intervened in the matter and there was an altercation. Following this, the company has suspended the union leader," sources told The Times of India.

Janghu has told the news paper that it was the manager who misbehaved. "I was just doing my job as a union functionary," he has been quoted as saying.

According to the report, various unions in Maruti are engaged in talks with the management and have said they are not ready to take it lying down. If there is no quick resolution, anything is possible, they have warned, according to the newspaper.

Maruti had been in the centre of union trouble earlier too. In 2012, a major unrest at the company's Manesar plant had resulted in the death of an executive. The company had suspended several staff in response and the trouble had a major impact on its earnings.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Jul 07, 2015 10:57:38 IST