Communist Party of India MP and AITUC general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta on Sunday sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's intervention to end the stand-off between Maruti Suzuki and its striking workers. Mr. Dasgupta wrote a letter to Dr. Singh even as the AITUC gave a call for a two-hour tool-down strike on Tuesday in support of the striking employees at the Gurgaon-Manesar unit of Maruti Suzuki.

Recalling his earlier entreaties, the CPI leader complained to the Prime Minister about alleged anti-labour practices adopted by the Maruti management. He charged that it never cared for Indian laws, particularly labour laws and governments.

‘Basic right denied'

He regretted the manner in which both the Central and State governments downplayed the “nefarious game” of Maruti “aimed at making money, denying even the basic right of having a trade union, withholding congenial service conditions, and even forcing them to work at low wages.” Stating that 11 workers were dismissed and workers were squatting inside the factory, Mr. Dasgupta urged Dr. Singh to intervene.