The month-long standoff between the Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (MSIL) management and agitating Manesar (Haryana) plant workers ended on Saturday. As per the agreement brokered by the Haryana Government, MSIL will conditionally take back 18 suspended trainees, while the workers have agreed to sign the ‘good conduct bond' as desired by the management.
However, MSIL has said it would not take back the 44 regular employees who were suspended earlier.
Under the agreement, ‘no work no pay policy' would be implemented for the standoff period.
“This reinforces the management's position that indiscipline is not acceptable. The agreement will create a conducive environment for the company's growth and the workers' prosperity,” a senior MSIL official said. The agitating workers will resume work on Monday and also have to work extra in lieu of Saturday to make up for lost production.
The talks between MSIL management and agitating workers were initiated by the Haryana Government with the State Labour and Employment Minister Shiv Charan Lal Sharma also joining in. The recognised Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union (MUKU) had represented the Manesar plant workers in the negotiations along with some agitating workers.
The MSIL's Manesar plant workers started their agitation on August 29 after the carmaker asked all workers to sign ‘good conduct bond' alleging sabotage and deliberate compromise on the quality of cars being produced.