New Delhi: Striking employees of Maruti Suzuki India's (MSI) Manesar plant on Sunday got the support of All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) in the Gurgaon-Manesar industrial belt, as the stir shows no signs of an end.

The AITUC has decided to hold a two-hour tool-down strike on Tuesday in support of the striking colleagues at Maruti Suzuki India's (MSI) Manesar plant.

According to sources close to tripartite negotiations between the company management, striking workers and state government, MSI is understood to have made it clear that it would not reinstate the 11 sacked workers.

The company, however, is understood to have proposed the formation of a governing council of representatives of workers at its different plants that will also take part in charting out company policy in order to avoid labour unrest in future.

"Public meetings will be held tomorrow at different factories in the Gurgaon-Manesar belt. On Tuesday, there will be a two-hour tool-down strike in about 60-65 factories in the
region," AITUC Secretary D L Sachdev said.

Sachdev, along with AITUC General Secretary Gurudas Dasgupta, had met Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda twice last week over the strike at MSI's plant.

Different workers' unions, including those from Hero Honda, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India and Rico Auto, have been supporting the strike at MSI's plant.

Around 2,000 workers at MSI's Manesar plant have been on strike since June 4, demanding recognition of a new union--Maruti Suzuki Employees Union (MSEU) -- formed by those
working at the Manesar plant, among other things.

Cracking the whip, the company fired 11 workers for allegedly inciting others to go on strike. Their reinstatement is also being demanded by the striking workers.

"The company has made it clear that there is no question of reinstating them," a source said, adding that the no work-no pay policy would also be enforced, although it would not necessarily strictly apply the eight days salary deduction for every day of strike.

However, in order to avoid such labour unrest in future, the company has discussed with the state government its plan to set up a governing council of workers that would have members from all facilities across different plants.

"Each plant will have local unions and those will nominate representatives to the governing council. The council will also take part in future company policies," the source said.

Immediate comments from the company could not be obtained.

On the eighth day of the strike yesterday, the loss to the company mounted to about Rs 390 crore for 7,800 units. The factory is closed on Sunday. Meanwhile, Maruti Suzuki Employees Union (MSEU) General Secretary Shiv Kumar claimed that the company management has agreed to reinstate five out of the 11 sacked workers, but the union is demanding that all of them be taken back.

"If they can take back five, why not all the 11? We are willing to end the strike if all of them are taken back," he added.

On the issue of recognition of the union, Kumar said the management has informed the workers that it could be considered.

(Agencies)