Maruti Suzuki has faced the toughest time ever with the strike stretching for months. First the strike was on for two weeks in the month of June and incurred a total loss of 400 crores. At the same time Maruti had fired 11 workers which were called back later.
The tension between the workers and management prevailed over August as well which eventually resulted in longer waiting periods for popular Maruti models. This was the time when the launch of 2011 Maruti Swift was greatly affected.
In the month of September the problem took a dirty turn when existing strike workers were joined and supported by workers from Suzuki Powertrain India Ltd. and Suzuki Motorcycles India Ltd. This not only incurred more losses in the form of low production numbers but also disappointed the buyers as due to long waiting periods many switched to other cars.
With the commencement of October, the strike was called off since the Govt. intervened to facilitate both workers and management to come to a better decision. Later the same month, out of surprise, the workers resumed the strike, an unethical and illegal decision, and once again production of popular models like Maruti Alto K10, 2011 Maruti Swift, Maruti Swift Dzire and Maruti SX4 were halted.
The strike, till date, accounts for a loss of 2500 Crore and in order to solve the issues with the worker’s union, Maruti has decided that it will assist workers to form a new union.
Mr. S Y Siddiqui, Managing Executive Officer – Administration (HR, Finance and IT) said, “The company together with the Department of Labor, Haryana was in the process of explaining how the system will work to the workers and company’s advantage. The process is likely to take four months before it is successfully established,”
Siddiqui also denied the rumors of offering Rs. 50 Lakh each to union leaders Sonu Gujjar and Shiv Kumar. The latest agreement among Haryana govt., MSIL and workers is expected to bring harmony. Besides the new pact an e-mail facility is also being offered to workers which will help them communicate directly with any of the MSIL employees when required. Let us hope that this agreement does resort to a better solution and peace prevails once again.
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