Chandigarh: The Haryana Labour department on Wednesday said there was a possibility of the strike at Maruti Suzuki India's Manesar plant to be resolved by Wednesday.Strike at Maruti Suzuki India's Manesar plant continued for the 12th day on Wednesday with production loss touching 11,400 units translating into a loss of about Rs 560 crore so far.

Meanwhile, Haryana's Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who met Maruti Suzuki India's (MSI) top executives, including its Managing Director and CEO Shinzo Nakanishi on Wednesday evening, is understood to have assured the firm of state government's support in not letting formation of an another union.

No talks were, however, could take place on Wednesday between the management and the workers.

Last week the state government had banned the strike.

Meanwhile, workers in about 65 factories in the Gurgaon- Manesar industrial belt have decided to "work without taking food" on 17th June and hold a two-hour tool-down strike on 20th June between 11 am to 1pm in support of the striking employees of Maruti.

An MSI spokesperson said: "The situation is the same as it was on Wednesday. There is no production going on."

The production loss has touched 11,400 units, translating into a loss of about Rs 560 crore so far.

Due to the strike, waiting periods for diesel variants of three models, Swift, DZiRE and SX4, have increased by up to one month.

MSI Managing Executive Officer (Marketing and Sales) Mayank Pareek said: "We usually do not produce more cars than the market's demand. So, whatever loss in production we are witnessing, that will impact the sales in this month."

Scrips of the firm closed the day at Rs 1,210.50 on the BSE, down 1.01 per cent.

During the day, hopes of ending the stir increased when an official of Haryana Labour Department stated that it could end on Wednesday.

"There is a possibility of ending the standoff between both the parties (workers and management) on Thursday as we are working hard on resolving the matter," a senior official said.

However, at the time of filing this report there were no positive developments.

In the meantime, All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), which is leading the agitation from outside along with other unions like the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), said the five-member joint committee formed to back Maruti's striking workers have decided to intensify its support.

"Nothing positive has happened so far. Workers in the region have decided that they will work without food on Friday and hold a tool-down strike on Monday," AITUC Secretary D L Sachdev said.

CITU Haryana President Satvir Singh said it will hold a public rally in front of MSI's gate after 20th June.

On Tuesday, they had postponed a two-hour tool down strike following intervention from Haryana Chief Minister.

On 4th June, workers went on strike 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 last week for allegedly inciting others to go on strike.

While a company spokesperson said only about 600 people are on strike now, MSEU claimed at least 2,000 workers are on the sit-in stir at the plant.

Currently the company has only one recognised union -- Maruti Udyog Kamgar Union (MUKU) -- which is dominated by workers at the Gurgaon plant.

According to a striking worker, during the day MUKU representatives met colleagues at Manesar plant to discuss formation of a governing council that will take care of all the workers of MSI at its various plants, as mooted by the management.

It, however, is learnt that the idea was struck down by the workers at the Manesar plant.

The plant rolls out about 1,200 units every day in two shifts.

The factory produces hatchbacks Swift and A- Star and sedans DZiRE and SX4. 

Agencies