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Maruti workers at Manesar plant briefly halt production

28 July 2011

Workers at Maruti Suzuki's Manesar plant in Haryana went on strike on this morning halting production briefly. This is the second time in just over a month that Maruti workers have struck work.

The workers went on a flash strike after five of them were suspended for "allegedly assaulting a supervisor" yesterday, according to a company spokesman.

"One of the supervisors was assaulted by workers yesterday and when disciplinary action was being taken by way of suspension today, they have struck work at the plant, reports quoted the company source as saying.

Workers said they observed a 1-hour tool-down strike to protest the "forcible eviction" of four of their colleagues by the police.

The management has issued show-cause notice to the five suspended workers, three of whom were office bearers of  Maruti Suzuki Employees Union (MSEU), including general Secretary Shiv Kumar.

Last month's strike by nearly 800 workers at the Maneswar plant demanding recognition for a local union had lasted 13 days, costing the company over Rs400 crore in lost production.

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