Suzuki Motor Corporation chairman Osamu Suzuki who is in India has stated that Maruti Suzuki was looking at various aspects that resulted in the violent incidents in the carmaker's Manesar plant. He said issues such as dissatisfaction among workers was a concern and added that the reason for such dissatisfaction would be assessed to prevent recurrence of violence in its car plants.
Mr Osamu Suzuki interacted with the media on Sunday in Delhi. Speaking about the incidents leading to the prolonged lockout of the Manesar plant, he stated that the Haryana state government and the police were looking in to the reasons behind the events. He expressed confidence about the perpetrators of the violence being brought under the book.
The Suzuki boss reiterated the company's position with regard to closing the Manesar plant. He said the company was operating in India since three decades and would continue to do so. He added the Manesar events would not in any way affect its future plans for India.
Maruti Suzuki India is a vital part of Suzuki Motor Corporation as it delivers one third of its profits and revenue. There were fears that Maruti Suzuki would close the Manesar plant and move it to Gujarat where the company has recently acquired 600 acres for the construction of a new car plant.
Mr Suzuki has met the chief ministers of both the states where Maruti Suzuki operates its plants. He tried to allay fears about Haryana losing out to Gujarat by stating Haryana was his first home while Gujarat will be the second. He also refused to compare the existing plants in Haryana and the new plant to be built in Gujarat.
Maruti Suzuki had announced a complete lockout of the Manesar soon after one senior manager was killed inside the plant and several workers injured on July 18. It has restarted operations partially and has fired more than 500 contract workers.