New Delhi: The workers at Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India's Manesar plant on Tuesday said they will await the outcome of an inquiry by the management till Thursday before deciding future course of action over the suspension of two of their colleagues.

"On Monday, Haryana Labour Department's officials visited the plant and discussed the matter with the management and us. They asked the management to sort out the issue as soon as possible," HMSI Employees Union General Secretary Harjeet Grover told.

Following this, the management has sought time till August 9 to complete their inquiry regarding reinstatement of two workers and so the union will decide on its future course of action only after that, he added.

When contacted, an HMSI spokeswoman said: "We are open for discussion and action will be taken after completion of inquiry. We are in touch with the Labour Department on this matter."

She said HMSI suspended Naresh Yadav and Jaibeer Yadav after the company received a report of manhandling and assault of a manager with an "intent of creating an environment of terror in the logistics work area".

However, HMSI Employees Union alleged that the two workers, one of whom is an executive member of the union, were suspended by the management on "flimsy grounds".

On Monday, Grover had said the argument between the two workers and the manager was over sanctioning of leave.     Production at the plant, which has an annual capacity of 16 lakh units, is not affected yet as the workers have not gone on strike.

In 2005, HMSI had witnessed one of the most violent instances of industrial unrest when over 150 people were seriously injured in clash between the police and agitating workers.

The labour issue at HMSI comes close on the heels of the July 18 violence at Maruti Suzuki's Manesar plant, in which one senior executive was killed and nearly 100 others were injured. Following the incident, the company declared an indefinite lockout at the plant since July 21.


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