[Reader-list] Maruti: union statement
c.anupam at gmail.com
Sat Jul 21 12:04:03 IST 2012
Unfortunate, but i think one needs to ask why did the strike start in the
first place after months of no activity? was the management covertly doing
something more sinister which lead to an outcome like this?
Condemn the action of workers but have you asked about what labour laws we
have been following? i dont think it is absence of organized unions in
India but most of these workers support at least 10 other people in their
Have you ever wondered how a factory unit owner sees the factory workers?
or Human Resource Department looks the people who employed in a particular
Do you mourn like you do when quarry workers die of silicosis?
do you mourn the loss of jobs for lakhs of textile workers in ahmedabad and
surat in the last 30 years?
What happens to the numerous labour welfare programmes run by state?
Do you think workers in any factory/industrial unit should be organised?
What sort of press release should be written? Just, unbiased? Then, the
press release from the company (which does not arrive in Sarai list but
goes straight to the edit meeting of a newspaper) should also talk about
the conditions in which maruti or any other plant workers perform their
tasks. the press release should give the details of number of times notices
have been served to these companies for flouting labour laws. or do we have
seperate ways to analyse a press note from a labour union and a corporate
reports say that labour department and the district administration have
been asked to maintain cordial relations between workers and the company.
then haryana district admn is saying that scuffle between the supervisor
and the workers is not "a labour issue". the same report by the prominent
newspaper describes the incident between the worker and the supervisor as
have you ever wondered why we are not taught about minimum wages when are
in elementary school?
On Sat, Jul 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM, Samvit <samvitr at gmail.com> wrote:
> This press release doesn't talk about what the workers did to the
> management. They killed a HR manager and brutally assaulted VPs, GMs
> and a lot of other people. I think the plant should just move out of
> On Sat, Jul 21, 2012 at 10:18 AM, Partha Dasgupta <parthaekka at gmail.com>
> > If they behave like animals, they deserve to be treated like animals.
> > What the workers did can not be condoned, and they deserve to be
> > punished... severely.
> > ...........................
> > Partha Dasgupta
> > +919811047132
> > On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 5:39 PM, Nagraj Adve <nagraj.adve at gmail.com>
> >> *PRESS STATEMENT*
> >> *19TH July 2012*
> >> * *
> >> The Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (MSWU) is anguished at the recent
> >> developments in Maruti Suzuki plant, IMT Manesar where the management
> >> resorted to anti-worker and anti-Union activities in a pre-planned
> >> leading to violence and the closure of the factory yesterday.
> >> We have had a long tough struggle with the strong unity of our permanent
> >> and contract workers to establish and register our Union last year, and
> >> recently as of April 2012 submitted our Charter of Demands to the
> >> management of Maruti Suzuki, and the process of negotiation for wages
> >> other demands was underway. However the management has done its utmost
> >> derail the process since long and is trying to break the back of the
> >> of unity of the workers and the legitimacy of the Union.
> >> It is due to this, and continuing with this vindictive attitude and in a
> >> pre-planned manner, yesterday, the afternoon of 18thJuly, a supervisor
> >> the shop floor abused and made casteist comments against a dalit worker
> >> the permanent category, which was legitimately protested by the worker.
> >> Instead of taking action against the said supervisor, the management
> >> immediately suspended the worker concerned without any investigation as
> >> demanded by the workers. When the workers along with Union
> >> went to meet the HR to demand against the supervisor and revoke the
> >> suspension of the worker, the HR officials flatly refused to hear our
> >> arguments, and it was in no mood to resolve the issue amicably.
> >> When the negotiation was going on with the leaders of the Union inside
> >> office, the management called in the entry of hundreds of bouncers on
> >> payroll from outside the plant to attack the workers, and blocked the
> >> This is completely an illegal vindictive action in the spirit of
> >> to corner us into submission even as our demands and methods are
> >> and peaceful. The exit gates were closed by the security on behest of
> >> management and the bouncers brutally attacked the workers with sharp
> >> weapons and arms. They, joined by some of the managerial staff and
> >> later, beat up a number of workers who have had to be hospitalised with
> >> serious injuries. The bouncers, who are anti-social elements on hire,
> >> destroyed company property and set fire to a portion of the factory. The
> >> gates were later opened to oust the workers and enforce a lockout by the
> >> company.
> >> We have the workers and the company’s welfare in mind and have worked
> >> towards it after the resolution of the dispute last year, and to blame
> >> current violence on us is unjust, which should be properly
> investigated. We
> >> are still keen to dialogue with the company and want to sit with the
> >> company management and the government labour department to amicably
> >> the matter and restore industrial peace in the factory.
> >> Ram Meher
> >> President, Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (MSWU)
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