The Maruti Suzuki dispute is continuing. Officers from the International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF) South Asian Office visited the Maruti site on 6 September. The management of the biggest car company in India, Maruti Suzuki India Limited has forced a lock-out at the Manesar, Gurgaon plant. It has also imposed a dictatorial and utterly illegal “good conduct bond” on the workers and has decreed that any worker who will not sign the bond will be considered “on strike” and will not be allowed to enter the plant.
However, not a single worker has signed the bond. Along with the 1100 regular worker, around 2000 contract and apprentice workers have also joined the struggle, although the management tried to separate them by announcing leave for contract and apprentice workers till September 1.
The IMF has called upon the Maruti-Suzuki management not to indulge in victimisation and to engage with workers in good faith to solve their genuine grievances on working conditions and trade union rights. More information here.
The strikers request that you send a letter of protest through email, fax, phone, letter and telegram to the Chief Minister, chief secretary, labour minister and labour secretary of Haryana and the officials of Maruti Suzuki India and Suzuki Japan to protest against the repression of workers. More information on the dispute here. Sign the online petition here.