Jyotsna Singh, Newsclick, Sept 19, 2011
Sept 19, 2011: The Haryana police arrested two office bearers and one member of the proposed Maruti Suzuki Employees Union at Gurgaon last night. They have been charged for inciting the workers to physically attack supervisors of the company on Friday.
MSEU President Sonu Gujjar, General Secretary Shiv Kumar and member Ravinder were arrested after the negotiations between the workers' representatives and Maruti Suzuki's management broke.
“Our colleagues were arrested as soon as officials of the Haryana Labour Department, who were mediating the talks, left the building. But we know it cannot happen without their connivance,” said Dharamvir, permanent worker, MSIL, Manesar.
“It is unfortunate that the Additional Commissioner of Police of the area was present in the negotiating room. It is no co-incidence that as soon as the talks failed, workers' representatives were arrested,” said Satbir Singh, Haryana State President, CITU.
The talks failed due to the refusal of the management to accept proposal of the labour department to reinstate the terminated and suspended workers over a period of two to three months. The talks did not reach the point to discuss the “good conduct” bond which is at the center of the current stand off.
Maruti Management Begins Talks
Sept 17, 2011: Workers of three plants of Maruti's operations in Manesar staged two days of strike in support of agitating workers of the assembly plant called the Maruti Suzuki India Limited. The strike, started on Wednesday, ended on Friday after the Maruti management agreed to come to the negotiating table.