Maruti looks to hire alternate workers to start production

Maruti looks to hire alternate workers to start production

New Delhi: A day after stopping production at a factory outside Delhi over a labour dispute, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd said it plans to resume work at a paint shop and body shop at its Manesar plant by hiring temporary workers.

The company on Tuesday suspended 28 more workers for instigating a protest and affecting output at the factory.

“We look to resume some production by the end of the day," a company spokesperson said. “There will be some automation work; some work at body and paint shop at the factory."

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The company said it will hire alternative contractual workers to work inside the plant.

The company, which makes every second car sold in India, has asked workers to sign a “good conduct bond" before it allows them to work. On Monday, it suspended 10 workers, dismissed five and discontinued services of six trainees.

“This is a clear case of applying pressure tactics. But we are united and adamant on what we want," said Sonu Gujjar, a member of the unrecognized labour union -- Maruti Suzuki Employees Union. “We have been working with the company for 6-7 years. How can you expect somebody from outside to come and learn the work in a day?"

The latest developments at the Manesar factory are a continuation of the labour unrest that started in June, when workers struck work for 13 days demanding the recognition of the Maruti Suzuki Employees Union.

Maruti Suzuki said in a notice on Monday that even after calling off the strike in June, which was illegal, the workers did not restore normalcy and indiscipline became the order of the day.

In the months following the strike, production fell to an average of 1,085 cars a day compared with 1,180 earlier.