Joint Memorandum in solidarity with workers of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union

July 25, 2012

To

The Residence commissioner
Haryana Bhawan , Govt. of Haryana
Copernicus Marg, New Delhi

Sub: – Memorandum on behalf of Mass Organizations in solidarity with workers of the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (MSWU)

Sir,

As you are aware with the recent developments in the Manesar Plant of Maruti Suzuki India Pvt. Ltd. in which 91 workers have been arrested and many others have been detained. One H.R. manager has died and hundreds of workers and other managerial Staff have suffered grievous injuries.

The incident shows total apathy from the state government, its labor department, civil as well as police administration towards worker’s cause. Workers are facing tough time due to highhanded approach of maruti management, who is in clear connivance with state government and its labor department and they are entirely responsible for the prevailing industrial relations in the manesar unit of Maruti Suzuki India Pvt. Ltd.

The incident of 18th July is one stark example of management manipulation to push the worker in corner. In the afternoon of 18th July, a supervisor in the shop floor abused and made castist comments against a dalit worker of the permanent category, which was protested by the worker. Instead of taking action against the said supervisor, the management immediately suspended the worker concerned without any investigation as was demanded by the workers. When the workers along with Union representatives went to meet the HR to demand against the supervisor and revoke the unjust suspension of the worker, the HR officials flatly refused to hear worker’s concern. The management’s attitude was quite clear: they were in no mood to resolve the issue amicably. They had another nefarious design in their mind. More than 150 bouncers (private goons on the roll of management) were called from outside the plant to attack the workers. They blocked the ingress and out-gress of the plant with clear motive to attack the unarmed workers. This is criminal act on part of the management which must be condemned and immediate cognizance of the issue must be taken by those who are responsible for bringing out industrial peace. The move of the management caused fear in the mind of workers and chaos prevailed over efforts of worker’s union to arrive on an amicable settlement.

In melee one executive from HR department died due to suffocation caused by smoke generated through fire set by the bouncer (As per cause of death ascertained in MLC/postmortem report).

As alleged by Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (MSW), the bouncers brutally attacked the workers with sharp weapons and arms. It has been further alleged that they were joined by some of the managerial staff and police who brutally beaten up a number of workers who have been hospitalized with grievous injuries. Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (MSW) has further alleged that bouncers also destroyed company property and set fire to a portion of the factory.

The incident of 18th July 2012 is not an isolated incident of industrial chaos prevailing in Manesar plant of Maruti Suzuki India Pvt. Ltd. It would be totally absurd to blame workers for the same. Since a long time the workers were demanding recognition and registration of their union which is their legal right guaranteed under Indian constitution. However management is not ready to give them even inch of space for their right of association and making collective demand for improvement of their working conditions. Labor department, local police as well as civil administration are also on the management side making the workers condition vulnerable. Workers of Maruti Suzuki India Pvt. Ltd. have been burdened with 103 point, code of conduct which is unique in its nature and alien to the industrial atmosphere where worker is held responsible for violation of code of conduct, if he spent 2 more minutes during urinating or do not wear good looking clothes. It is pertinent to mention here that generally there are 10 to 20 code of conduct in other industrial unit. Management often try to break the unity of the workers and for that purpose keep conspiring. The incident of 18th July is result of management’s nefarious design. It must be checked immediately, otherwise situation may worsen in future.

it is pertinent to mention here that the management side is getting strength from anti-worker economic policy of government of India toed by government of Haryana. There is undeclared abandonment of existing labour laws once promulgated under pressure of national and international labor movement. Policy of hire and fire, contractualisation, casualisation has become norms. Labor department and state government is well aware with the rampant violation of labor laws in these companies like other industries situated in Gurgaon, however they do not feel any necessity to intervene in the matter to check the super exploitation of workers by the management. Contrary to their administrative responsibility assigned under the law of the land, they are hobnobbing with the management and resorted to repress the workers movement.

Haryana government claims that it has gone ahead with industrialization of the state, however we have found that these are hell for the workers. No job security, no wage norm, no labor law and sheer exploitation of the workers are only norm in these industrial areas of Haryana.

We undersigned organizations feel that the management of Maruti Suzuki India Pvt. Ltd. Is entirely responsible for18thJuly incident. We also condemn aftermath police action on innocent workers and demand that:-

1. An independent inquiry by reputed agency of India is constituted immediately to inquire into the whole incident including the role of management in 18th July incident.
2. Security in-charge of Maruti Suzuki India Pvt. Ltd. be interrogated to get the whereabouts of bouncers involved in the incident of 18th July 2012 and they must be arrested immediately.
3. Managerial staff responsible for employing bouncers must be arrested immediately.
4. Innocent workers who have been falsely implicated in this case be released immediately and witch hunt of workers be stopped immediately.
5. The labor minister of Haryana Government should resolved the labor dispute by calling a meeting of Maruti Suzuki Workers Union (MSWU) and management of Maruti Suzuki India Pvt. Ltd.
6. Restore labor laws in Maruti Suzuki India Pvt. Ltd as well as in other industries in Haryana.
7. F.I.R. under S.C./S.T. prevention of atrocity act be registered against supervisor who have made castist abuse against worker.
8. The suspension of worker who is also a victim of castist abuse be revoked immediately.
9. Workers of Maruti Suzuki India Pvt. Ltd who have got grievous as well as simple injury be compensated proportionately by the management of Maruti Suzuki India Pvt. Ltd.

All India Federation of Trade Unions (New), Inqlabi Mazdoor Kendra, Krantikari Lokadhikar Sangathan, Krantikari Naujawan Sabha, Krantikari Yuva Sangathan, Mazdoor Patrika, Mehnatkash Mazdoor Morcha, Mazdoor Ekta Committee, Shramik Sangram Committee, Bigul Mazdoor Dasta ,National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations, People’s Union for Democratic Rights, People’s Front, Peoples’ Democratic Front of India, Pragatisheel Mehnatkash Mazdoor Morcha, Pragatisheel Mahila Ekta Kendra, Radical Notes, Students For Resistance, Mission Bhartiyam, Sanhati-Delhi, Jati Unmulan Andolan, Shramik Duniya, Vidyarthi Yuvjan Sabha,