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Wednesday, Dec 01, 2021
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A Grinding Of Gears

The Maruti strike becomes a crucial test

A Grinding Of Gears
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A Grinding Of Gears
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Logbook Of Trouble

  • The dispute at Maruti’s plant in Manesar began with a 13-day strike in June. Workers wanted to form a new union.
  • Current strike on since Oct 7. Union wants 1,100 contract workers and 44 other workers taken back. Maruti says it will take back only contract workers.
  • Workers not keen on signing ‘good conduct bond’
  • Production down 50%. Manesar making only 200 cars daily now.

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The two-week-old strike at Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, Manesar, has reached a point of no return: no one wants to step back. For the labour unions, it’s a do-or-die situation. In recent times, most strikes have fizzled out. If they can crack Maruti, it will be a major victory. And the management is afraid. If it concedes ground on this strike, labour will naturally become more demanding in times to come. Of course, everyone is watching: whatever the outcome, it will become a precedent for managements and unions alike.

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