Maruti Suzuki resumes Manesar plant, sacking 500 workers

Amid strong labour reaction over lock out of worse riot-hit Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant, the India’s largest car maker is all set to resume production operations and announced to sack services of one third of 1500 permanent workers employed.

The resumption date set by the Maruti Suzuki India is of 21 August when lockout will have lift by the company at facility after July 18 riot hit by alleged 500 workers unrest, leaving a senior MSI executive, Ashwani Kumar dead and 100 others injured.

However, termination notices has been delivered to all allegedly accused workers restricting entry at the facility which has 5.5 lakh units annual capacity of producing Swift and company’s popular sedan and A-Star cars.

“We have issued termination notices to 500 regular workers. We plan to lift the lockout from August 21 and resume operations at the facility in phases,’’ R.C. Bhargava, MSI chairman, told reporters.

The company announced that reopening of plant production will be under the 650 security men who will be deployed on the resumption day in wake of security and safety along with an addition a special force of 100 security guards and a full battalion Rapid Action force of 500-600 policemen inside the facility.

A special investigation team (SIT) to investigate Manesar plant violence incidents causes had set by Haryana Government which had arrested 10 office bearers of the Maruti Suzuki Workers’ Union along with other more than 100 workers in relation to the unrest.

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