ICLR panel meets held Maruti workers

An 11-member team of the International Commission for Labor Rights (ICLR) — comprising human right lawyers,trade unionists from Japan,US and India — on Thursday met around 150 arrested workers of Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant in jail.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 14, 2014 11:56 am

An 11-member team of the International Commission for Labor Rights (ICLR) — comprising human right lawyers,trade unionists from Japan,US and India — on Thursday met around 150 arrested workers of Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant in jail.

Claiming that India was very prone to labour rights violations,Ashwini Sukthankar — an international labour rights lawyer and a board member of the commission — said: “What happened at Manesar is a clear violation of norms of the International Labor Organization of which India is a part. The Haryana government had failed to provide adequate remedy to workers’ issues.”

Another team member,Immanuel Ness — Political Science professor at City University in New York — said such incidents discourage investors from investing in the state.

The Manesar plant was shut in July last year after it was hit by violence. What started as a scuffle between supervisor and a worker,eventually led to the death of the plant’s human resource general manager. The plant had resumed production in August,2012.

The team,which is on a five-day visit to India,held meetings with officials of the Haryana Human Right Commission,state DGP,prominent labour lawyers and local trade unions to discuss the Manesar issue. The members also met the families of the terminated and arrested workers of the plant. The panel is to set to file its report to ICLR following the visit.

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