Marutis Manesar plant strike spreads to three plants of Suzuki Motors in India

Thursday 15 September 2011, 10:59 AM by Vikas Yogi
The ongoing labor unrest at the Manesar unit of the country’s largest vehicle maker Maruti Suzuki India Limited, is seems to have deepen as its spread on Wednesday to three more units of the Maruti’s Japanese parent Suzuki Motors in the Indian market. Over 4,000 workers of the company have joined their colleagues striking at the Manesar plant since 29th August.
The workers of the three more firms that have joined hands with their Manesar colleagues include Suzuki Power train India and Suzuki Castings in Manesar and Suzuki Motorcycle India (a two wheeler unit of the firm) in. All of these firms have extended support to their Manesar counter parts and went on protest from Wednesday afternoon.
The trouble started at Manesar in the last week of August when company forced its workers to sign the ‘good conduct bond’ and not let them work till all of them sign the bond. The new bond has been brought to make sure the non repetition of quality related issues at this plant of the company.
Speaking to the reporters, Suzuki Power train India Employees Union President Sube Singh Yadav said, "All the workers of different shifts at these three companies have gone on strike since this afternoon in support of MSI's (Maruti Suzuki India) Manesar plant workers."
On the other hand, Sonu Gurjar, the president of workers body of Maruti's Manesar based car assembly plant, said, "The company is being run by workers and Maruti produced around 13 lakh cars in FY11, which is 30% more than its installed capacity of 10 lakh. Driven by workers initiatives, the company managed to reach its historically high production, but now they are subject to extreme adverse conditions just because they are demanding their basic rights."
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