New Delhi: Talks between the management and workers on strike at the Manesar plant of Maruti Suzuki India, that were brokered by the Haryana government, have broken down.

Officials of Haryana labour department held talks with workers of Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) and Suzuki Powertrain India Ltd (SPIL), as well as their managements during day, but a solution to end the 12-day-long stir remained elusive.

"The local administration and the management made best efforts to resolve through dialogues with the striking workers. However, the workers maintained an adamant attitude,
due to which the issues could not be resolved," a company spokesperson said.

Workers, however, denied taking a rigid stand and blamed the management for adopting pressure tactics to end the stir.

Shiv Kumar, the Secretary of the unrecognised Maruti Suzuki Employees Union (MSEU) alleged that the workers are being harassed by the management in collusion with the state
labour department officials.

"On Tuesday we were called for talks at 10 am at Gurgaon while the timing for internal inquiry against us by the management was kept at 11:30 am at Manesar. We can't be at two places at the same time," Kumar said.

He said even the second round of talks for the day was scheduled at 6 pm while the inquiry was still on.

"We could not attend the second round of talks. So we requested for adjustment of the timings, but they have not listened to it" he said.

Meanwhile, MSI claimed it rolled out 350 cars from the Manesar plant for the first time since October 7 when the labourers struck work. "The Manesar plant had started with 180 workers on Monday. They were from among those who were not participating in the strike. The number of workers went up to 400 on Tuesday," the company said in a statement.

MSI's Gurgaon plant manufactured 1,750 vehicles on Tuesday, the company said. "In all, the company produced 480 Swift cars in Gurgaon as well Manesar plants on Tuesday," it added.

Earlier in the day, MSI admitted that the company needs to learn how to deal with a young workforce as it grapples with frequent labour issues at its Manesar plant.

"I think somewhere some learning for us also (is required) on how to deal with the young people... In that sense, maybe some more education should have been there from our side," MSI Managing Executive Officer (Administration) S Y Siddiqui said.

Admitting that with better understanding, the gaps could have been addressed earlier, he said: "Perhaps, going forward... (the emphasis will be) on more education of workers. It is a question of how you create an environment and how you adapt to it. It is a two-way process."

He, however, also blamed inexperienced workers for the trouble, saying they need to "have some respect for law".

Workers of the carmaker have been on strike demanding the reinstatement of about 1,200 casual workers. They are also demanding that all 44 permanent workers who were suspended after a settlement agreement signed on October 1 to end a 33-day-long standoff must be taken back, along with those who have been fired during the ongoing protest.

Workers at SPIL and Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt Ltd had also gone on strike in support of their colleagues at MSI, and are continuing their stir.

(Agencies)