Hooda optimistic of breakthrough in Maruti impasse

October 20th, 2011 - 10:15 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi/Gurgaon, Oct 20 (IANS) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda Thursday said he expected the talks the Maruti Suzuki management and striking workers were having to end the dragging labour unrest.

“The talks between the workers and the management and the labour department are on,” Hooda told reporters on the sidelines of an event in Gurgaon. “And we hope to find a resolution soon.”

Meanwhile, the strike at automobile giant Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant continued for the 14th day Thursday.

A Maruti Suzuki official told IANS that the Haryana government was involved in the negotiations.

Meanwhile, production has started at the Manesar and Gurgaon plants, with the company bringing in temporary workers to the Manesar facility to help roll out its best selling Swift model.

“The Manesar plant started with 180 workers yesterday (Wednesday),” an offcial said. “They were from among those not participating in the strike. The number of workers went up to 600 from 400 Thursday.”

The Manesar facility produced 200 units from the average 1,200 units per day.

The Gurgaon plant managed to roll out 1,797 units Thursday, down from the 2,800 vehicles it produces daily on an average.

The factory had been closed Friday and Saturday as workers at Suzuki Powertrain India Ltd (SPIL), its supplier of diesel engines and transmissions, struck work in support of the stir at the Manesar plant.

Partial operations have since begun at SPIL.

“In all, Maruti Suzuki manufactured over 330 Swift cars today (Thursday) combined at the Gurgaon and Manesar Plants. Over one lakh customers have placed orders for Swift and are waiting for delivery,” the company said.

However, parent Suzuki’s two-wheeler factory continued to be shut amid a strike called by the workforce, in support of the Manesar stir.

Workers at the Manesar plant went on strike Oct 7 to demand the reinstatement of 44 suspended co-workers not taken back after an earlier 33-day impasse with the management ended Oct 1.

Continued labour troubles and increased competition from other automakers have resulted in Maruti Suzuki stock weakening considerably in the recent past. It fell to a 52-week low last week.

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