Honda Motorcycle workers to hold rally to mark 2005 incident
Gurgaon: Workers of Honda Motorcycle will hold a rally on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of their 2005 stir outside the company plant in Manesar, where a Marutui Suzuki facility was hit by violent labour unrest on Wednesday.
"The workers of the different trade unions and particularly of Honda plant are celebrating the day as 'Unity Day' by holding a rally each year in support of the workers? movement," said Ashok Yadav, president of Honda Motorcycle Union.
He claimed that different unions such as of Maruti Suzuki, Hero Motocorp, Rico, Sona Koya, FCC Rico, Suzuki Powertrain, Suzuki Motorcycle, Mark Exhaust have committed support to the July 25 rally.
Kuldeep Janghu, general secretary of Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union, plant located in old Gurgaon city said that office bearers and other representatives of his union would join the rally.
Yadav said that the police should not harass workers in the wake of Manesar’s Maruti Suzuki incident, where a senior comany official was killed and 100 others injured following rioting and arson by workers.
Sources said a workers' delegation had met Deputy Commissioner PC Meena seeking permission for the rally after which they were advised to keep it low profile.
Meanwhile, Rajesh Kumar, general secretary of Suzuki Powertrain union, said that the union representatives would join the rally.
He said the incident at Maruti Suzuki’s plant at Manesar of July 18 is very tragic and the truth should come out.
Yadav claimed that Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had assured Honda workers’ representatives in 2005 that the attempt to murder (307 IPC) charges against 62 workers would be withdrawn during the reconciliation and resettlement meetings, which were held after July 25, 2005 incident.
But the state government did not honour their commitment till today, he said.
Over 75 people were hurt when employees, protesting against the management demanding higher wages, clashed with police outside the company's plant on July 25, 2005.