Independent researcher Sourindra Ghosh writes on the Maruti-Suzuki labour incidents - "Unfortunately, this is the industrialization model of India – which at any cost opposes the constitutionally granted workers’ right to unionise, uses any opportunity to break and de-recognise trade unions, and imposes un-constitutional conditions like in this case by MSIL that MSWU will not be affiliated to any Central Trade Union. It is the duty of the State and the Government to see that the law of the land is followed and protected. In this case, the first step in that direction would be to set-up a free and independent inquiry to look into the matter. "
In a season of economic ‘reforms’, the government has yet again brought about a major policy change; now in the retail sector. It has allowed for 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in single brand retail, and allowed for 51% FDI in multi-brand retail. Before, only 51% FDI in single brand retail had been allowed meaning the individual companies like Reebok, Levis were allowed to open up their stores in India. However, no FDI in multi-brand retail was allowed, except in the cash and carry segment.
In his response to our article “Workers' Struggle in Maruti Suzuki”, the General Manager-Corporate (GM-C) of Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) has alleged that we have “left out the management's view, thus distorting the picture”. (Hindu Op-Ed Page, September 29). Let us see whether he has been able to clear the air by presenting credible facts and persuasive arguments on behalf of the MSIL management.
The workers of the Maruti Suzuki India Limited's (MSIL) plant in Haryana's Manesar have been agitating since August-end against the dismissal and suspension of more than 60 of their colleagues and the management's insistence on their signing a ‘good conduct bond' before they are allowed to enter the plant. The MSIL management's obdurate refusal to recognise the MSEU lies at the heart of the dispute.
A fresh drama unfolds almost every day on the issue of corruption; from the police lathi-charge on Baba Ramdev’s followers (a ‘faith’ based mobilisation on a political issue) at the Ramlila ground, to Ramdevs response with a threat to raise 11,000 strong armed “sena”, which he later characterised as a “nationalist force”.
Not too far behind is Anna Hazare, whose team boycotted the Joint Drafting Committee (JDC) meeting on the Lokpal Bill alleging that the government is not serious about drafting the Bill, and proceeded to hold a day-long fast in protest of the police action.
The Marichjhhapi incident has been repeatedly used by anti-left forces in West Bengal and outside to tarnish the image of the Left Front Government. This article puts the record straight on the incident of Marcichjhhapi.