(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
October 23, 2011
MARUTI SUZUKI STRUGGLE
Ugly Face of Globalisation Bared
THE struggle of Suzuki workers continues despite relentless repressive and coercive measures of the management and the state government. Apart from the repression and coercion, more than 8000 workers in Maruti Suzuki, Suzuki Power Train, Suzuki Motorcycle and Suzuki Castings, are being subjected to a vicious misinformation campaign by the management and the corporate media in order to mislead them and the people in general.
Buoyed by union minister Salman Khurshid’s statement that investors should be allowed to get away with violating laws of the land for the sake of sacred investment, there is an orchestrated howl about the adverse impact of industrial unrest on ‘investment environment’. Is labour law violation a pre-requisite for getting and retaining investment? Obviously not, provided the government has some political will to protect labour, as is amply illustrated below.
Chemical Corporation (MCC), a Fortune 500 giant, is
an initial investment of Rs 1475 crore (US$380 million at the
rate), MCPI emerged as
With the growing demand for polyester products, MCPI decided to go for an expansion project in 2006. Construction work of an 800,000 tonne PTA plant at an investment amount of around Rs 1962 crore (US$400 million) is now complete and has gone for commercial production in March, 2010. This has been built with the latest proprietary PTA technology of MCC.
Let the Maruti Suzuki and Haryana government note the following glaring differences between MCPI and Suzuki units:
· There are two permanent workers unions in MCPI. One is affiliated to CITU and other one with INTTUC. Similarly, there are two contract worker’s unions.
· There is no provision of ‘Good Conduct Bond’ in the Standing Order.
· There are 28 major misconducts stipulated in the Standing Order, in line with Industrial Employment (Standing Orders Act, 1946). This is unlike the fudged Standing Order of Maruti Suzuki, Manesar, certified by the Haryana government, which has 103 causes of major misconducts among which include proper grooming, duration in toilets etc.
There has been hardly any case of
production loss due to industrial unrest in MCPI. What is the
factor? Neither the quantum of investment nor the colour of the
union. While the
Haryana government actively collaborated with the management of Maruti Suzuki to
impose an illegal Standing
Order -- based on which vindictive anti-labour actions are being
the workers -- the then Left Front government in
There is another
misinformation campaign regarding the wages
being paid to the workers. The 970 permanent workers are getting
around Rs 14,000
to Rs 15,000 per month; the 1100 contractor workers Rs 235 per
day; and the
nearly 300 apprentices and trainees roughly Rs 4000 per month.
of Maruti Suzuki, calls it “good salary”. What about those who
are working in Suzuki
The composition of workforce in
the Suzuki plants in
· Wage-structure and average wages for regular workers is as follows:
per the ministry of finance, government of
Company Average wage (JPY) Average Age Duration of Service
SUZUKI ¥ 5,289,079 36.7 14.3 years
NISSAN ¥ 6,847,796 42.4 20.7 years
HONDA ¥ 7,319,000 43.3 22.1 years
· Wages paid to contract, casual/temporary workers
Several years ago, they were paid around ¥ 1,000 per hour. This standard has not been changed.
Japanese yen is roughly 60 paise. That means a permanent Suzuki
corporate greed and the shameless spectre of the state
government of Haryana
and the government of