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Maruti to reopen its Manesar facility

If you have booked a Swift or DZire then this news should bring cheer to you. Maruti has decided to re-open its Manesar facility on 21st August.

The facility was closed down last on July 21st following violence by workers, which left one HR-manager dead and scores of others injured. The plant which makes over 1,800 cars daily will be opened in a phased manner and full production capacity will not be immediately effective. The Manesar plant manufactures the popular DZire and Swift models, as well as the A-Star and SX4.

The company has decided to sack 500 of its 1,500-odd regular workers, blaming them for the violence even as police investigations are still being wrapped up. It will not employ contract workers provided by contractors, on the direct production line, Maruti Suzuki says it has started the process of directly hiring them.

Maruti decided to restart operations after the Haryana government gave it full assurance that no untoward incident would take place and the government would give the company full co-operation. Among other things Maruti will get a 500-strong Rapid Action Force team in the Manesar area, with over 100 in each shift at the Manesar plant. There will also be 40 personal security officers to ensure safety of managers, supervisors, and workers along with security arrangements at the residences of the employees. In addition to all this, Maruti has also created a special force of 100 security guards, including ex-servicemen, in addition to the existing security force, to enhance security at the plant.

According to Shinzo Nakanishi, managing director and CEO of Maruti Suzuki India, “the decision to reopen the facility was taken after the main culprit who was arrested and 12 executive members of the union over 150 workers who took part in the ugly incident have been told that their services are not required. They would be given three months salary and 15 days of salary for each year they had worked for,' he said.

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