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- Labour disputes/strikes down from 250 in ’04-05 to under 100
- Strike by 3,000 Maruti workers found support from 65 unions across companies
- Trade unions assert workers’ right to form a union, or to decide which union to join
- Ashok Leyland, Hyundai, Honda Motorcycles, GM among those that have faced labour problems
In many ways, the 13-day strike at Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, India’s largest automobile manufacturer, was a wake-up call for the Indian corporate sector. Not only did it illustrate the unity among the company’s workers, but with workers and unions across states voicing support, it threatened to flare up into a wider industrial dispute, giving strong signals of a resurgence of trade union activity in the country.
It wasn’t a wage hike or improvement in working conditions but the right to form a union—something of a rarity in the new industrial...