Workers strike at Maruti's Manesar plant

New Delhi The country's largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI), said on Saturday that work at its Manesar plant was affected this afternoon when a section of workers went on a strike.

"A section of workers stopped work for a few hours on Saturday afternoon at Maruti Suzukis Manesar plant," the company said in a statement, without specifying the reasons for the strike.

Management representatives were talking to the workers to understand the situation and find an appropriate solution, it said.

MSI, which has a plant each at Manesar and Gurgaon, did not say how much production was affected as a result of the strike. Further, it said its operations at its Gurgaon facilities were normal.

Sources among workers said the striking employees were demanding the recognition of a new union formed by those working at the Manesar plant in Haryana.

"There is an old union under the Maruti Suzuki Kamgar Union, which is mainly dominated by those working at Maruti's Gurgaon plant. We had formed a new body named Maruti Suzuki Employees Union, mainly by workers at the Manesar plant, and have been asking for recognition from the management," said a source.

The management was not recognising the new body, the source claimed.

Besides, the workers were demanding that no action must be taken against the 11 office bearers of the new union. They were also asking for retention of old contract workers for the upcoming two new units at the Manesar plant, the source said, adding that there were around 2,000 employees at the Manesar plant.

MSI is setting up two new units with an annual installed capacity of 2.5 lakh units each inside its Manesar facility at a total investment of Rs 3,625 crore.

While the existing plant in Manesar can produce 3.5 lakh units annually, its three units in Gurgaon have a combined annual capacity of 8.5 lakh units.

The last time the company witnessed a major strike was when workers stopped production for three months from November 2000-January 2001.

Story First Published: June 04, 2011 21:36 IST

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