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Maruti strike: Haryana labour minister blames workers

Haryana Labour Minister Shiv Charan Lal Sharma today blamed Maruti workers' "adamant" attitude for the breakdown of talks with the company management.

September 19, 2011 / 10:17 PM IST

Haryana Labour Minister Shiv Charan Lal Sharma today blamed Maruti workers' "adamant" attitude for the breakdown of talks with the company

"Workers are not agreeing to come back to their job unless those workers who have been suspended and dismissed are taken back by the management," Sharma while expressing disappointment over workers' stance said. 

"How can it be possible for the management to take back workers against whom an FIR has been lodged and (criminal) cases have been filed," he said. The MSI management and workers have been locked in a standoff since August 29, when the management prevented workers from entering the factory premises unless they signed a 'good conduct' bond, after alleged sabotage and deliberate compromise on the quality of cars being produced.

The bond requires the workers to declare they would "not resort to go slow, intermittent stoppage of work, stay-in-strike, work-to-rule, sabotage or otherwise indulge in any activity, which would hamper normal production in the
factory". Workers had been accused of attacking a group of supervis ors when the labour unrest took a violent turn last week.

However, the minister said that talks between the management and workers would again be held tomorrow to end the deadlock between both the parties. The minister had already asked workers of end their agitation as prolonged stir could prove to be damaging for the industrial growth and employment generation in Haryana. 

Meanwhile, Haryana Labour Commissioner Satwanti Ahlawat said protesting workers are being misled by "certain elements" who do not want the matter be resolved. "During the talks, it came to notice that there is a clear intention of few persons, backed by some political support, who want to mislead workers," she said. 

Ahlawat said that at the instance of the Labour Department, the management had agreed to consider taking back those workers against whom the charges were not serious. "During our talks held on Friday, we requested the management to take back employees on case-to-case basis against whom the charges are not serious one and management was positive about it. And workers had also agreed to this proposal," she said.

"But when talks were held again next day, workers refused to the proposal and demanded all 62 employees including those against criminal cases and chargesheet have been filed to be taken back which was not acceptable to the management," she said. On Good Conduct Bond, she reiterated that the management could enforce signing of the bond from workers as per the law.