October 14th, 2011
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Maruthi workers defies court order, strike continues

Maruthi StrikeHaryana: Defying the High Court’s order Maruti workers who entered the eighth consecutive day of their strike continued their sit-in strike on the premises of Maruti Suzuki India’s Manesar plant. The Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed that there would be no sit-in strike within 100 metres of the premises of MSI’s factory at Manesar, yesterday. Justice Surya Kant of the High Court issued further directions that striking workers on dharna (sit-in protest) in the plant should be taken out.

Suzuki Powertrain India Ltd (SPIL) supported their colleagues at the Manesar plant and this has created a sensitive situation for the Maruti Suzuki India management.The company has decided to stop production at its main factory in Gurgaon on Friday and Saturday on account of a severe shortage of engines and transmissions due to the strike at SPIL.

“The Manesar plant is still under workers’ control. No production is taking place there today,” a Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) spokesperson told. The shares of the company have been seeing a decline.

Workers at MSI’s Manesar plant went on a stay-in strike on October 7. They were demanding the reinstatement of over 1,000 casual staff that was not allowed to rejoin work after an earlier 33-day stand-off that started on August 29, besides 44 suspended permanent employees.



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