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Militarisation of Maruti Workplace

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) is deeply concerned at the new turn in the saga of the Maruti Suzuki workers’ struggle against the management and owners of the company. The company has announced that it will set up a special force of security personnel comprising 100 ex-servicemen inside its Manesar plant. By doing so Maruti Suzuki is declaring its intention to militarise the workplace.

The Haryana government’s intention to deploy 500-600 Rapid Action Force personnel inside the plant in Manesar shows that the state government is abetting the company in this move. The move is clearly intended to intimidate the workers and, in the name of “maintaining discipline”, submitting them completely to the diktat of the management and owners by clamping down
on their basic right to resist unfair and illegal labour practices of the owners. This measure will have disastrous consequences for workers’ basic and legitimate rights that are guaranteed by law, and it is outrageous that the state should assist the company in curbing workers’ rights in this manner. What aggravates our outrage is the fact that the company has gone ahead and sacked 500 permanent workers for their alleged involvement in the recent violence, a charge yet to be proven in a court of law.

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