Maruti to keep plants shut on Friday after worker unrest

On Thursday 's violence, nine management employees and two workers of the plant were injured in a scuffle.

hidden September 15, 2011 23:13:32 IST
Maruti to keep plants shut on Friday after worker unrest

Gurgaon: The labour unrest at Maruti Suzuki India's Manesar plant took a violent turn today with 11 people injured in a scuffle, while the company announced that its two main plants will be shut on Friday due to engine supply constraints.

Even as tension increased, Haryana Minister for Labour and Employment Shiv Charan Lal Sharma said he will intervene by tomorrow to resolve the stand-off between the plant workers and management that started on 29 August.

Maruti to keep plants shut on Friday after worker unrest

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According to the police, one Dhiraj Soni, a worker at MSI's Manesar plant, has been detained in relation to alleged attack on a group of supervisors near the factory of Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India's Manesar plant.

It is learnt that nine management employees and two workers of the plant were injured in the incident and both sides made counter claims as to who attacked whom.

In a statement, MSI condemned the attack on its supervisors, saying, "This was another desperate action by the striking workers, using violence and fear.

"By such violent acts, the striking workers have polluted the environment in Manesar. Such actions are damaging for the industrial climate in the Manesar belt. This will destroy jobs and prosperity in the region."

The workers, however, refuted by saying it was people supported by the management who started the scuffle.

With the supply of engines affected as workers at its supplier -- Suzuki Powertrain India Ltd -- also going on strike in support of colleagues at MSI's Manesar plant, the carmaker said it is suspending production tomorrow at its plants.

"...supply of certain critical components to Maruti Suzuki's facilities has been disrupted.

"These components include diesel engines and transmissions for certain petrol engine models. As a result, Maruti Suzuki's plants in Gurgaon and Manesar will not operate on Friday, 16 September," Maruti Suzuki India said in a statement.

The two plants will also remained closed on Saturday as it is a designated holiday on account of Vishwakarma Puja, it added.

As the tension threatens to escalate, Haryana government also said it was trying to resolve the matter quickly.

"... I am hoping that the standoff between both parties will come to an end either today or tomorrow," Sharma said, adding that he was would meet workers and management.

Yesterday workers at three factories operated by two subsidiaries of Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp's - Suzuki Powertrain India and Suzuki Motorcycle India - located in the Gurgaon-Manesar industrial belt had gone on strike demanding resolution of the impasse at MSI.

Representatives of workers at these factories said they would continue their strike till the matter was resolved amicably.

In the meantime, MSI said it produced 220 units of the Swift model today as engine supply was affected.

The MSI management and workers have been locked in a standoff since August 29, when the management prevented workers from entering the factory premises unless they signed a 'good conduct' bond, after alleged sabotage and deliberate compromise on the quality of cars being produced.

The bond required the workers to declare 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 in the factory".

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