Resources on Labour Protests at Maruti Suzuki Industry in Manesar, Gurgaon

  • Notes from the warfront: Maruti workers ‘on trial’
There is a ‘list of 162’ workers that has not been disclosed but which forms the basis for the police to either arrest or let go of Maruti workers once they are picked up. The family members of these 162 are being harassed and intimidated and being visited thrice a day by local police, sometimes accompanied by Gurgaon police – at times 12-15 police show up, says Rakhi Sehgal.

  • Appeal from the Maruti Suzuki Employees Union
Appeal from the MSEU 
(Maruti Suzuki Employees Union) to All Trade Unions, Organisations and Individuals, by Shiv Kumar, general secretary, MSEU, via Rakhi Sehgal of the New Trade Union Initiative (NTUI)

  • Workers strike thrice in five months, How Maruti Suzuki lost connect with them

There isn’t a single burning, insurmountable issue because of which workers at Maruti’s Manesar plant have struck work thrice in the last five months . Sruthijith KK & Chanchal Pal Chauhan report from Manesar that at its core lie accumulated grievances and resentment, and events are adding fuel to the fire

  • Lockdown And After
The strike at the Maruti Suzuki plant shows workers’ rights is still a simmering issue , says Arindam Mukherjee.

  • Gurgaon: Maruti Suzuki Workers’ Strike
While Gurgaon is a fertile ground for future working class struggles in the country, the one missing element is the absence of a genuine working class organization that will guide the workers in not only overcoming the brutal exploitation of the multinational corporations but also in paving way for a democratic socialist alternative,says Anand Kumar.

  • The Autopsy Report
A foreign management ethos divorced from labour realities inflamed Manesar,writes Arindam Mukherjee.

  • Fear of a dead future haunts Manesar
Local village economy has suffered a huge blow after the labour-management dispute at the Maruti plant in Manesar, writes Soumik Mukherjee.

  • Notes from the dead house
It is India’s worst industrial strife post liberalisation. Revati Laul examines the ground reality at the Maruti plant in Manesar to gauge what went wrong, and why.

  • The high drama and anticipation continue at Manesar
Striking workers inside pose with bottles of urine with no water to drink. The water supply inside the plant has been cut off. The food preparation that was on at a celebratory pace outside the factory has been forced to shut down. , reports Janani Ganesan.

  • Globalise owner, worker alike
Bharat Jhunjhunwala advocates a world market-friendly industrial policy for India.

  • Truce signed, Maruti strike ends again
While the third round of strike by workers at the Manesar plant has come to a close with the signing of another pact, the larger demand for a new union still remains unaddressed, says Janani Ganesan.

  • Why they strike. Why you should care
What is happening in Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant? How do workers present their case against the noise of modern India? The devil is in the details, find Nisha Susan & Gaurav Jain

  • Strike after, challenges galore at Maruti Suzuki
If analysts are to be believed, the worst is not yet over for Maruti Suzuki India, says Sindu Bhattacharya.

Death and the Factory – The Casualties of Maruti Suzuki, Manesar
A living wage is harder to come by than death on the cheap,says Suddhabrata Sengupta.

  • Who is the ‘Ravana’in the Maruti story gone wrong?
Will Modi be able to exceed his brief and assuage Suzuki? It is not either about Haryana or Gujarat but about India!,remarks Rakesh Khar.

  • Can India Inc. face the truth about Manesar violence?
Instead of shedding crocodile tears about the worsening ‘investment climate’, the oligarchs who make up Indian Inc. and their MBA underlings would do well to engage in some soul-searching. For a change, they can ask themselves: Should I continue to treat the Indian worker simply as a cost factor that has to be reduced to zero, or can I treat them with a little more respect, so that they too can live, and work, with dignity?, argues G Sampath.

  • Maruti Suzuki Manesar Workers – Casteist Attack and Repression
The following is a statement issued by the Maruti Suzuki Workers’ Union (MSWU) on 19 July following violence and repression at the Manesar plant yesterday.

  • ‘It Is Primarily A Criminal Act, Not A Labour Dispute’
Tamaki Tsukuda, minister (economic) of the Japnese embassy in New Delhi spoke to Pranay Sharma in the aftermath of the violence at Maruti-Suzuki’s Manesar plant.

  • ‘It’s Easier To Coerce Outsiders And Treat Them Like Slaves’
Complaining of one-sided media reports, four arrested Maruti employees offer an alternative narrative to the carnage that befell the automaker’s Manesar plant on July 18

  • ‘Book The Guilty’
Maruti Suzuki COO (administration), S.Y. Siddiqui, the chief negotiator for the management, on the present crisis — spoke to Outlook.

  • A Grinding Of Gears
Earlier, workers were less educated and submissive; now, the younger lot is educated, aware, assertive and aggressive. A change that, perhaps, the Japanese management at Maruti—which has been in control in the last five years—did not factor in while bringing in new strategies and practices into the company, says Arindam Mukherjee.

  • Workforce Woes
Unions accuse companies of preferring underpaid contract labour on the shopfloor. The result: growing industrial unrest, writes Rashmi K Pratap and Sebastian PT.

  • The Leader’s Slip
It may still be India’s No. 1 carmaker by far, but Maruti Suzuki has to work hard to regain lost ground, Deepak Goel.

  • The Third Wave
The first-quarter results have dampened Maruti’s hold, as competition is rising. Now, the incumbent is placing new bets, writes Kunal N Talgeri.

  • The Test Drive
When we started Maruti, everything was uncharted territory. It was important to be open to learn how to make cars, R C Bhargava tells Kunal N Talgeri.

  • Down and out on India’s shop floor
India’s manufacturing sector is shedding permanent jobs and hiring casual hands to increase profits. This has divided the labour movement and stoked tensions. The Manesar violence is a symptom of a worsening problem , writes Aman Sethi.

  • After Manesar, be prepared for more urban class wars
In the land of a “million mutinies”, the violence at Maruti’s Manesar plant exhibits all the symptoms of class conflict, argues R. Jagannathan.

  • Maruti strife: Management is out of sync with its workers
Issues at Maruti are getting global attention because of a more organised labour force at its facility compared to workers at nearby parts’ suppliers and vendors and also because Maruti’s troubles echo far and wide across the globe, says Sindu Bhattacharya.