Maruti sacks 11 as strike cripples Manesar plant

Maruti Suzuki India, the country's biggest car maker by sales, today sacked 11 striking workers at its Manesar facility in Haryana, one of its key production units.

A flash strike by a section of the workers on Saturday had crippled production at the plant.

"The services of 11 persons, who were inciting workers to go on an illegal strike and created an atmosphere where the safety of people was in danger, have been terminated," PTYI quoted Maruti chairman R C Bhargava as saying.

He said the workers had gone on strike without any notice, but added that the management is continuing its dialogue with the striking workers.

Around 2,000 workers went on strike from the second shift on Saturday, demanding the recognition of a new union, the 'Maruti Suzuki Employees Union'; as well as retaining contract labourers for two new units coming up inside the complex.

This halted production at the Manesar plant, which makes about 1,200 vehicles a day.