ASSEMBLY: Maruti Suzuki Will Keep Riot-torn Plant Closed for Now
Monday, July 23rd, 2012
Maruti Suzuki, India's largest automaker, said over the weekend that it would suspend production at its Manesar assembly plant until an investigation into what led to the riots last week is completed. The plant also sustained damage as a result of fires that were ignited by workers.
One person died in the melee and more than 90 other managers were hospitalized when a labor dispute on the plant floor. More than 20 of the managers suffered arm and leg fractures and remain hospitalized.
Company Chairman R.C. Bhargava told reporters on Saturday, "What has happened is an absolute shocker to us. He emphasized that production would not be resumed at the plant "until we are able to identify the causes and apply correctives" to ensure the safety of managers and workers.
According to reports from India, police have arrested 88 Maruti workers on charges ranging from murder to property damage.
This, of course, wasn't the first time violence has broken out in an Indian automotive plant and Maruti Suzuki, in particular has had problems with labor unrest and sabotage of equipment. Local analysts suggest that the plant is operated largely under Japanese traditions and management is therefore strict and demanding of workers, but they point out that workers at the Manesar plant are some of the highest paid in India and are treated fairly.
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