[Reader-list] Fwd: Trade Union Solidarity Committee's Statement on the Maruti incident

Nagraj Adve nagraj.adve at gmail.com
Mon Jul 23 07:56:42 IST 2012

--- On *Fri, 20/7/12, Vasudevan Nambiath <vasubluestar at gmail.com>* wrote:

From: Vasudevan Nambiath <vasubluestar at gmail.com>
Date: Friday, 20 July, 2012, 7:19 PM

*Trade Union Solidarity Committee*

6,  Neelkanth Apartments, Gokuldas Pasta Road,

Dadar (E), Mumbai. Phone No. 022- 24150750

*July 20, 2012


*Statement on the incident at the Maruti Suzuki Manesar Plant on 18/07/12*

Workers and Trade Unions were aghast when once again on July 19, 2012,
reports reached

about the turn of events at the Maruti Suzuki plant at Manesar.

The major part of the media reports revolved around the tragic death of
Maruti’s HR Manager owing to the unrest in the plant. Such was also the
pattern of reporting in the past, when Maruti workers resorted to agitation
some months ago, demanding the right to form a union of their own choice.
The industry and media tend to paint such incidents as growing militancy of
workers, instead of labour resistance to rampant exploitation, and for
protection of their legitimate rights, honour and dignity.

Workers who create wealth, add value and bring prosperity to the nation are
seen merely as a cost factor, a necessary nuisance, an easily disposable
and dispensable commodity. What has appeared on the horizon of Maruti, has
occurred in quick succession earlier in more or less similar incidents at
Noida and Coimbatore and later in January 2012, at Yanam (Pondichery),
where the union leader of the Regal Ceramics factory, Murali Mohan, was
killed in a brutal lathi charge, resulting in arson in the area and leading
to the tragic death of  factory manager, Chandra Sekhar. These incidents
emanating from the most abominable labour policies pursued by the industry,
with a double dose of HR arrogance, are fully supported by the state

Growing use of muscle power in the name of security personnel and bouncers
at the work place has become the norm, in their attempt to scare workers.
Reports reveal that Maruti Suzuki Manesar management brought into action
200 bouncers to discipline workers in the plant on July 18, triggering
instant reaction from workers. Bouncers are nothing but goons. Maruti
workers retaliated against goons.

Trade Union Solidarity Committee at Mumbai joins the anguish expressed by
the *Maruti Suzuki Workers Union*. Hundreds of workers are injured,
hospitalized and arrested as a consequence of the anti-labour, anti-union
policies followed by the Maruti management and the Haryana government. The
Haryana government has shamelessly supported the Maruti management in all
its nefarious actions against the workers.

We express our solidarity with the struggling workers of Maruti Suzuki
Manesar plant, and call upon the Maruti management to cease its WORKER HUNT
policies. We also demand that the Haryana State government shed its naked
support to the Maruti management.

Such a change, we believe, is essential to make industrial peace in the
area a reality, where workers can get back to work, thus ensuring smooth
functioning of the factory.

* *

*N. Vasudevan*

*(Convenor TUSC)*

CELL 9821536676

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