Suzuki Powertrain agrees to workers demands; leader remains suspended

Suzuki Powertrain agrees to workers demands; leader remains suspended

New Delhi: Suzuki Powertrain India Ltd’s management has decided to buy peace with its workers and agreed to most of their demands, following a 14-day strike that ended on 21 October. The company supplies engines for the best selling models of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, the country’s biggest car maker.

A Maruti Suzuki official declined to comment on the issue.

Workers at Suzuki Powertrain, in which Suzuki Motor Corp. of Japan has a 70% stake and Maruti Suzuki 30%, walked off the job in October to show their solidarity with employees of Maruti’s Manesar factory. They resumed work on 23 October, but deliberately slowed production over the past two weeks.

An official at the Suzuki Powertrain plant, also located in Manesar, confirmed that a settlement has been reached, speaking on condition of anonymity. “The company has agreed to take all the casual workers with ITI diploma as trainees in the organization," he said. “They have been offered significant salary increases."

ITI is short for Industrial Training Institute.

While workers liked the offer made by the company management, Suzuki’s stand of not taking back suspended workers may prevent a final resolution to the stand-off.

“A notice was put up today regarding the settlement. But the details are not yet clear," said Buddhiprakash, a worker at Suzuki Powetrain who wants to be identified only by one name. “But the company has not said that by when will these things be applicable. The offer seems good but we want our leaders to be taken back in the company. No agreement was made on that."

Sube Singh Yadav, president of the workers’ union, declined to comment on the issue.

“I am being investigated by the company. I will not be able to comment on it," he said.

amrit.r@livemint.com

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