Maruti finds itself in the line of fire yet again

Friday 11 November 2011, 15:24 PM by

In what can be considered as another twist in the tale, Maruti Suzuki, the country's largest car maker would possibly face the music yet again. The company does not seem complacent over the move to reinstate three suspended employees at Suzuki Powertrain India Ltd. (SPIL). As a result, the SPIL workers have expressed their discontent over the non-serious and unfavourable attitude being adopted by Maruti. Moreover, the agitated employees are crying foul over the fact that their counterparts at Maruti Suzuki have been offered severance packages between Rs. 16 lacs and Rs. 1 crore each.

As a matter of fact, the fate of the three permanent workers at SPIL, including Union Leader Sube Singh Yadav, is yet to be decided by the company’s management. These employees, along with 30 others, were chucked out last month; however the remaining 30 were reinstated by the company on 21st October.

Employees of SPIL will be having a meeting, wherein the three sacked colleagues will also be present. “From there, we will decide future course of action,” said Yadav. Close associates of the company have indicated that there may be another anti-production move by SPIL employees, in solidarity with each other. However, they also tipped-off that the protest will not be permanent in nature.

A Maruti spokesman has stated that discussions regarding the future of the three employees have been going quite actively. Yadav, on the other hand, vehemently said that there has been no intimation of any sort from the company. The union leader also indicated that he was not inclined towards receiving a severance package, and rather expressed the desire to rejoin the firm.

The company, which has already been witnessing a crippling demand for its petrol cars, is ought to experience an ill-effect on the production of its popular diesel models like, Swift, Ritz, Dzire and SX4. The car maker has continuously struggled with the capacity constraints that have permitted to produce just 18,000 Swift cars per month, amidst a backlog of more than 1,00,000 units.

Thus, it is important for Maruti to put an end to all the discrepancies that would further tarnish the image of the company and vitiate the process of resurrection.