Maruti suspends production at Gurgaon plant

October 13th, 2011 - 10:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Gurgaon, Oct 13 (IANS) Maruti Suzuki has suspended production at its factory here for two days from Friday in view of the strike at its component supplying plant in Manesar, a company spokesperson said Thursday.

The company will review the situation Sunday.

The decision was taken as workers at Suzuki Powertrain India Limited (SPIL), which supplies diesel engines and transmissions to Maruti cars, has halted production to express solidarity with the striking workers at Maruti’s Manesar plant.

While models like M-800, Omni, Eeco and Gypsy are not dependent on component supplies from SPIL, the spokesperson said: “Operating the plant only for these models will be unviable. The production loss for these models can be recovered once the production resumes.”

Meanwhile, production at the Gurgaon plant remained low on Thursday. The factory produced only 600 vehicles as against its normal daily production of 2,800.

Workers at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant went on strike Friday demanding reinstatement of 44 suspended co-workers who were not taken back after an earlier 33-day impasse with the management ended Oct 1.

The plant continues to remain captive in the hands of the striking workers.

The strike at the Manesar plant comes within a week after workers agreed to sign a “good conduct bond”.

The strike could not come at a more crucial time for the car manufacturer as it is the festive season, which typically generates huge demand — something the automobile giant is in need of given the sluggish sales witnessed in recent months.

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