The killing of a manager in a worker riot at Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant has shocked the entire nation. The plight of labour in the organised sector is certainly not deplorable as it used to be in the past. There are efficient grievance redress mechanisms to settle disputes and prevent exploitation. Nothing can justify the barbaric incident.
In Noida, too, there have been several instances of violence against senior executives. On all such occasions, the government and the management have remained passive spectators for fear of antagonising the powerful trade unions.
Vijay Mohan, Chennai
The tragedy in one of the most successful establishments that ushered in an automobile revolution in our country is unfortunate. By resorting to vandalism and arson against their own colleagues, leading to the death of a manager, the workers have lost whatever sympathy they had among the public.
Yoga Vasishta Vaddadi, Secunderabad
The incident is deplorable. An independent enquiry alone can identify the real causes of the unrest. Generally speaking, defiance of labour laws, not allowing workers to form trade unions, increasing contractualisation, low wages, and unsafe work conditions are some common reasons. It is the responsibility of the government and the managements to look into these aspects if the Manesar-type of incidents are not to recur. One-sided action of blaming workers and booking cases against them cannot solve the problem.
A. Ajay Sarma, Visakhapatnam
Two recent incidents have firmly underscored the pitfalls of “driving” a disgruntled band of employees. While irate workers ran amok at Manesar’s Maruti plant, frustrated western railways motormen literally held Mumbai to ransom with a flash strike on Friday. Both incidents are symptomatic of discontent. In a socio-economic matrix that remains in the throes of perennial flux, managing employer-worker relationships is of paramount significance. The employers, too, need to share the blame for their failure to douse the flames of growing worker unrest.
Pradyut Hande, Mumbai
This refers to the report “Maruti faces prolonged shutdown after worker riot” (July 21). I have no issues with any of the facts reported in the story. But its focus seems to be on the resumption of the company’s operations. This would seem normal in a business newspaper which serves the informational needs of managers and entrepreneurs. But a newspaper such as The Hindu has a different role to play. The report could have put the real issue in spotlight, given the gravity of the incident and its context.
B. Ramakrishna, Hyderabad