Chandigarh/Manesar: Lashing out at the workers for continuing the strike on the seventh day at Maruti’s Manesar plant, the Haryana Government on Friday imposed a ban on the stir and referred the matter to the Labour Court.

Undeterred by the step, a panel of workers of various firms in the region, who have been supporting colleagues at MSI's plant, said they will take up various actions, including dharna and rallies from Monday and would even consider going on strike at their respective factories.

Meanwhile, MSI management welcomed the move by the state government and said its stand that the strike by the workers is illegal has been vindicated.

In a statement, Haryana Minister of state for Labour and Employment, Shiv Charan Lal Sharma, said the state government has passed orders "prohibiting the continuation of the strike in the industrial unit (MSI's Manesar plant)".

Haryana Government has, under the provisions of Industrial Disputes Act 1947, referred the matter of ongoing strike in Maruti Suzuki India by the workers to the competent Labour Court, the statement said.

Explaning the decision, a senior official of Haryana Labour Department said, "No option was left with us except putting a ban (on strike) and referring the matter to Labour Court as both the parties (striking employees and management) were adamant on their respective stand".

"We welcome government's move. From the beginning we have been saying that the strike is illegal and the government's step supports that position".

AITUC Gurgaon District Secretary Harjeet Grover, who is also the General Secretary of Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Employees Union, said the stir would only intensify.

He said the joint committee comprising representatives of all trade unions and various elected members from unions in different firms, including Hero Honda, HMSI and Rico Auto has submitted a memorandum to the state government, Deputy Commissioner's office and respective company managements, reiterating the demand of the workers.

"We have given two days time to respond to the memorandum and from Monday we will be taking up our next action, including dharna and rallies. We will also consider holding strikes in our respective factories," Grover added.

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

On the 7th day of the strike, total production loss reached 6,600 units at an estimated value of Rs 330 crore. MSI scrips closed the day at Rs 1,229.75 per share on the BSE, up 1.03 per cent from the previous close.

In a separate development, AITUC leaders Gurudas Dasgupta and D L Sachdev met Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in the morning seeking his intervention to work out an amicable solution.
They will be meeting the Chief Minister again on Saturday.

With the stir prolonging, some of the striking workers have fallen ill. A worker Yogesh Mahajan has been taken to the hospital following complaints of uneasiness and weakness.

According to him, about 10 workers inside the plant have also fallen sick.

On the other hand, with the state government supporting it, MSI management is understandably happy that its negotiating power has increased. It can even consider imposing no work no pay condition, which could lead to pay cuts.

At the time of filing of this report, Gurgaon Deputy Labour Commissioner J P Mann was inside MSI's plant holding negotiations with the striking workers and the management.

Agencies