Auto belt staff to stop work today


Production at leading automobile companies in the Gurgaon-Manesar belt, including Maruti Suzuki, Hero MotoCorp and Suzuki Motorcycle India, will be hit tomorrow as workers have decided to stay away from work in support of the two-day strike called by central trade unions than began today.

“We had a meeting with representatives of unions in the region and we have agreed to go on a one-day strike tomorrow in support of the central unions,” Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union General Secretary Kuldeep Jhangu said. “There will not be any production tomorrow at Maruti's Gurgaon and Manesar plants.”


Hero MotoCorp Workers Union President Kanwalpreet Singh said the workers at the company’s Gurgoan factory will be on a “one-day strike” on Thursday.

Suzuki Motorcycle India Employee Union President Anil Kumar said: “As many as 27 workers unions of factories in the Gurgaon, Manesar, Dharuhera and up to Bawal have agreed to go on strike for a day. So, there will be no production at our plant tomorrow.” Kumar said unions of components makers, including Satyam Auto and Rico Auto are also participating on the one-day strike.

The central trade unions have put forward a charter of 10 demands such as urgent steps to control price rise, strict enforcement of labour laws in all places of work, social security net for workers in the unorganised sector, end to disinvestment in PSUs and raising minimum wage to Rs 10,000 a month.