Gurgaon: With no signs of an end to the standoff that started on August 29, the Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) has decided to give the striking workers time till Monday to sign the “good conduct bond” before replacing them with new workers.

If the existing employees’ refuses to sign the bond, on Tuesday onwards, the MSI management will start hiring trained technicians, who will be on the permanent rolls, to replace the current workers.
Notably, the company which has already started the production of its new car Swift in units in Manesar and Gurgaon is yet to reach the targeted production figures.

Production has been severely hit at the first plant in Manesar since August 29 when the management prevented workers from entering the unit without signing a ‘good conduct bond’ after alleged sabotage and deliberate quality compromise on some cars.

The bond required the workers to declare that they would “not resort to go slow, intermittent stoppage of work, stay-in-strike, work-to-rule, sabotage or otherwise indulge in any activity, which would hamper the normal production in the factory”.

Persuading the workers to rejoin work as soon as possible, the state labour department insisted MSI management to withdraw a ‘good conduct bond’. But, the management refused after parent company Suzuki Motor Corp (SMC) Chairman Osamu Suzuki ruled out any compromise on discipline.

According to the data collected, the Manesar plant which has the capacity to manufacture 1230-1250 cars in a day had only manufactured 250 cars on Friday whereas 100 cars were manufactured in Gurgaon plant.

The MSI management which is showing no signs to change its stand requires 1000-1500 workers immediately who are yet to sign the bond, stated the close sources.