Maruti cracks whip: Sacks 15,suspends 10 striking workers

* Company says workers violated agreement signed in the presence of govt officials.

Written by TUHIN DUTTA | Manesar | Published:October 10, 2011 3:59 am

Maruti Suzuki India today dismissed 10 employees,suspended 10 others and terminated five trainees in connection “with the strike and violence at the Manesar factory premises”. The carmaker has also sought action against striking workers from the state labour department and the government.

Maruti officials said that the company continues to be concerned about the safety of people as well as the plant. Today,the company rescued another 100 workers who were being held under duress by the striking workers. On Friday,the company had rescued 355 workers with the help of the police. Many of them were beaten up by the striking workers,officials added.

In a meeting convened by the labour department on the ongoing strike today,the company pointed out that the workers had violated the agreement which they had signed on October 1 in the presence of government officials.

As per the agreement,signed at the end of a 33-day strike,the workers had agreed to sign the good conduct bond laid down by the management.

Further,while the company had agreed to reinstate 18 trainees,44 regular employees were to be suspended. The stay-in strike within a week of entering into the agreement and the workers’ demand that their 44 suspended colleagues be reinstated was a clear violation of the agreement facilitated by the state government,the statement said.  

When the strike started on Friday,about 2,000 workers were inside the factory premises.

The statement said that the striking workers have attacked co-workers,supervisors and executives in multiple incidents of violence and have damaged factory property inside the Manesar plant.

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