Maruti's Manesar plant to resume full production


Maruti Suzuki India will resume the full scale production from the Manesar plant from Monday, as the 33-day long standoff with workers has ended.

"Normal production will begin on Monday when workers will resume their duties," a senior company official said.

He said the Manesar plant did not function on Saturday and workers will work on some other holiday to make up for it.

The over-a-month long standoff between the management and workers of the Manesar plant ended early on Saturday following talks brokered by the Haryana government.

As per the agreement, workers agreed to sign the contentious good conduct bond laid down by the management, while the company agreed to conditionally take back 18 trainees who were suspended.

However, 44 regular employees, against whom disciplinary action was taken have been kept under suspension.

In order to work out an amicable solution, the management agreed to bring 10 dismissed workers to the suspended list. The fate of 44 workers would depend on the outcome of inquiry that would be initiated soon.

The workers stand to lose their salary for the period of the standoff as they agreed to no work no pay clause in the agreement.

The talks were brokered by the Haryana government. State Minister for Labour and Employment Shiv Charan Lal Sharma, Deputy Labour Commissioner J P Mann, Assistant Labour Commissioner Nitin Yadav and Gurgaon District Commissioner P C Meena were involved in brining the two sides to an agreement.

The MSI management and workers have been locked in a standoff since August 29, when the management prevented workers from entering the factory premises unless they signed a "good conduct" bond, after alleged sabotage and deliberate compromise on the quality of cars being produced.

The bond required the workers to declare they would "not resort to go slow, intermittent stoppage of work, stay-in- strike, work-to-rule, sabotage or otherwise indulge in any activity, which would hamper normal production in the factory."

The workers had refused to sign the bond.

In support of their colleagues at MSI's Manesar plant, workers at three factories operated by two of Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp's subsidiaries located in the Gurgaon-Manesar industrial belt had gone on a two day strike earlier this month.

Three workers of Manesar plant were arrested for inciting violence but were later released on bail during the standoff, which had severely affected production at the plant.

The company has, however, brought it to almost normal levels during the month by bringing additional workforce.