New Delhi: Central trade unions cutting across political affiliations on Wednesday hit out at the Maruti Suzuki management for sacking 500 workers at Manesar plant and deployment of police at the factory.
     
In a joint statement, major trade unions also accused Haryana government of "condoning the illegality being perpetrated by the management".
     
"We strongly protest against retrenchment of over 500 workers by the management illegally without giving any charge sheet or inquiry," it said.
     
"We demand reinstatement of workers so dismissed by the management and at the same time demand withdrawal of police force from within the premises of the factory," it added.
     
The statement was jointly issued by Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), Labour Progressive Front (LPF) and Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA).
     
Besides, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), United Trade Union Congress (UTUC) and TUCC (Trade Union Coordination Committee) also signed the statement.
     
Condemning deployment of police at the plant, it said: "This has never happened in the history of India. The administration and police have come so shamelessly to meet the demand of the management.
     
"Instead of probing the circumstances leading to such an explosive situation, the police is busy subserving the interest of corporates".

The unions also criticised the Haryana government for its role in the entire episode.
     
"We are also surprised that the government of Haryana is condoning the illegality being perpetrated by the management," it said.
     
The trade union bodies demanded judicial probe into the violence on July 18 that killed one senior company official and injured nearly 100 others at Manesar.
     
"In the name of identifying the people who were responsible for the violence, innocent workers are being harassed and also being arrested. We strongly protest against the action of police in arresting 154 workers without any enquiry," they said, demanding immediate release of all innocent workers.
     
"We call upon the trade unions to protest against the atrocities of the Maruti Suzuki management as also against the collusion of the Government with the management," it added.
     
Maruti Suzuki on Tuesday reopened the plant after a month long lockout under heavy police presence.

(Agencies)

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