Maruti Suzuki is facing legal trouble from Haryana;'s labour department after it failed to follow an agreement it had signed with its workers in the Manesar plant. The carmaker was asked to create two committees to redress the issues of the workers and the labour department has said Maruti has not created them till date.
It may be recalled that Haryana's labour department had brokered a deal between Maruti Suzuki and the striking workers of Maruti's Manesar car plant in October. The workers were striking for nearly two months demanding recognition of a new workers union and redressal of certain workers issues.
Maruti Suzuki accepted to the workers demand and the strike ended. The carmaker had signed an agreement with the workers in which it had promised it would set up a Grievance Redressal Committee and a Labour Welfare Committee. While the workers union has been established and has obtained registration, the two committees are yet to be formed.
While the Haryana's labour department has confirmed it has started legal proceedings against Maruti Suzuki, the carmaker has remained mum about the issue. The court case gains significance considering Maruti Suzuki has started negotiations over wage revisions with the workers.
Workers at Maruti Suzuki's Manesar plant had gone on a 59 day strike last year demanding a new workers union and better working conditions. Maruti Suzuki suffered huge revenue losses forcing it to come to the negotiating table. A truce was brokered between the Maruti Suzuki management and workers by the labour department.
Labour laws state any company must have the two above mentioned committees for the benefit of the workers. Maruti Suzuki has flouted rules by not having them at its Manesar plant.