Talks to start Monday to resolve Maruti strike

October 15th, 2011 - 8:31 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi/Manesar, Oct 15 (IANS) After being evicted from automobile giant Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant, the firm’s striking workers Saturday said negotiations for ending the nine-day stir would start Monday.

“Negotiations will start Monday, as promised by the administration and management,” Sonu Gujjar, one of the leaders of the agitating workers told IANS.

Till negotiations start, these strikers, who were joined by workers of Suzuki Powertrain India Limited (SPIL), will continue to picket outside the factory at Manesar, according to Gujjar.

“More than 3,000 workers of MSIL and SPIL are here,” Gujjar said. “We will sit here until a breakthrough is achieved and our legitimate demands are met.”

Earlier, workers at SPIL, agitating for the last few days to endorse the strike at Maruti’s Manesar plant, were evicted without force.

The development came a day after workers at the Manesar facility were evicted. They had to move out of the premises following a directive of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

“We agreed to move out last night around 10.30 p.m. This decision was taken to follow the high court’s order,” Gujjar, leader of the workers who occupied the plant at Manesar and went on a tools-down strike, said.

Two days back, the Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the striking workers to vacate the plant premises, giving them option to sit at least 100 metres away from the factory.

“We will sit only 100 metres away from the plant as per the high court’s directive and wait for justice,” Gujjar added.

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

After workers at the Manesar plant went on strike, labourers at Suzuki Powertrain India Limited (SPIL), which supplies diesel engines and transmission assemblies to Maruti cars, halted production to express solidarity.

Meanwhile, Suzuki Motorcycles Limited has terminated the services of their 25 employees. The workers at the company have also gone on strike to show solidarity with Manesar plant workers.

“It’s first time in the history of MSIL that their both plants are at zero production. It is all due to SPIL and other striking workers’ efforts,” said an agitating worker in Manesar.

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