Strike at Maruti Suzuki ends; 64 workers to be taken back
The Haryana government signed separate tripartite agreements with the managements of Maruti Suzuki India (MSI), Suzuki Powertrain India Ltd (SPIL) and Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt Ltd (SMIPL) and their respective workers' bodies to end the stir.
"Of course they (workers) have called off their strike after signing the settlement agreement today early in the morning," Haryana Labour Commissioner Satwanti Ahlawat told reporters.
Stating that workers were quite happy with the agreement signed with the management to end the 14-day-long stir, she said the workers that signed the agreement had already informed their colleagues about the modalities of the settlement.
She said as part of the agreement, the MSI management has agreed to take back 64 permanent workers, but another 30 will remain suspended. It has also been agreed that around 1,200 casual workers will also be reinstated within the next 7-10 days.
When contacted, a spokesperson of MSI said: "Yes, the issue has been resolved and normal operations will resume tomorrow."
Leaders of the unrecognised Maruti Suzuki Employees Union (MSEU), Sonu Gujjar and Shiv Kumar, could not be reached for comment despite repeated attempts.
Representatives of the workers' unions of SPIL and SMIPL confirmed that they have signed agreements to end the strike.
"We have signed an agreement with the Haryana government and our management. We are calling off the strike, although our wage settlement discussions are on," Suzuki Powertrain India Employees Union (SPIEU) Secretary Rajesh Kumar said.
He said as part of the deal, three office-bearers of SPIEU have been kept under suspension, pending an internal inquiry, out of the 18 that were dismissed during the stir.
Similarly, Suzuki Motorcycle India Employees Union President Anil Kumar said workers of the two-wheeler maker have agreed to end the strike. "We have called off the strike and will resume duties from tomorrow," he said, adding that as part of the agreement, 15 workers dismissed during the stir would be taken back by the company.
MSI's Manesar plant workers have been on strike since October 7 demanding the reinstatement of about 1,200 casual workers and 44 permanent workers who were suspended following an agreement signed on October 1 to end a 33-day-long standoff, along with 50 workers who have been dismissed or suspended during the current stir.
SPIL and SMIPL workers had also gone on strike in support of their colleagues at MSI.
As part of the agreement inked today, the MSI management and Manesar plant workers agreed to set up two committees for grievance redressal and labour welfare in order to provide a harmonious working environment at the facility.
A 'Grievance Redressal Committee' will be set up and it will have representation from the management and workers. Also, a labour officer from the state government will be a permanent invitee to the committee and will review its proceedings.
The agreement also provides for the setting up of a 'Labour Welfare Committee' to promote measures for good relations between the management and workers. The committee will comprise members from the management as well as workers.
The company has also agreed to arrange for transport services for workers in line with their shift timings.