Haryana declares Maruti strike illegal; unions to be de-recognised

The Haryana government has declared the strike at various plants of Maruti Suzuki in the state illegal, and initiated proceedings to cancel the registrations of unions at Suzuki Powertrain India and Suzuki Motorcycle India, according to an official release today.

A labour department official told PTI, "The workers have not replied to the notice issued against them for violation of the settlement agreement signed on 1 October and hence a prosecution will be filed against them in the court."

Since the strike has been declared illegal, the police have been given the power to evict the workers from the factory, he added.

On 10 October, the labour department had slapped a notice on workers for "breach of settlement" of 1 October to end the 33-day-long impasse and asked them to respond within the next 48 hours.

When contacted, Suzuki Powertrain India Employees Union (SPIEU) President Sube Singh Yadav said, "We have not heard about any such development. If the government has taken this step, then now we will not end our strike till our union is registered again."

Suzuki Motorcycle India Employees Union (SMIEU) President Anil Kumar said the union is scheduled to meet labour department officials on Friday and discuss the issue.