LIST OF EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE
IN DECEMBER 2010
The Manesar workers began discussing how to field their own candidates for a new unioninstead of being folded into the Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union (MUKU), the only recognisedcompany union. MUKU is viewed as a management- controlled union mainly for theGurgaon plant workers, whose spirits were crushed during their own agitations in 2000.MUKU has traditionally not held elections. Workers know that the time-honouredmanagement tactic is to fire their leaders. Since December, the Manesar workers andmanagement have played a game of hide and seek.
ON 3 JUNE
The Manesar workers formally applied to form a separate union called Maruti SuzukiEmployees Union (MSEU). They say the company responded by suspending 11 workers andsending bouncers to force them to sign blank pieces of paper.
ON 4 JUNE
The workers struck work on 4 June and held a sit-in inside the plant for 13 days till their 11colleagues were reinstated, though the main issue of unionisation remained unresolved. Theyallege the management next resorted to things like putting cockroaches and dead flies in theircanteen food
fact or angry rhetoric, there‘s little way of verifying.
Meanwhile, the file to register MSEU in the labour office was cancelled.
The employees resorted to an illegal strike;2.
those who‘d signed for a new union, many still retained MUKU membership;
signatures didn‘t match with the registered ones.
The revolting works
say they‘d all resigned from the old union and these technical reasons
merely indicate how hand-in-glove the Haryana government is with Maruti Suzuki.
The Trade Union Act says the union should be of the workers‘ choice and should have annual
elections; else the labour commissioner can disband it. After the June agitations, MUKU