India’s Maruti Suzuki Manesar plant to be shut on Thursday image

Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar factory will remain closed on Thursday, a company spokesman said, following the clash between workers and the managerial staff on Wednesday that left one person dead and 40 injured last night.

Agitating workers burnt down the administration wing of the plant that manufactures popular cars such as Swift and DZire.

While reports say the scuffle was because of differences over wages, the company said, “The sequence of events began in the morning with a worker beating up a supervisor on the shop floor. The workers’ union prevented the management from taking disciplinary action against the worker. They blocked the exit gates and held the executives hostage. To resolve the issue amicably, members of the senior management met the union. During the talks, the workers attacked the senior management.”

Labour unrest is not a new phenomenon in Manesar plant which mainly produces Swift. The factory had witnessed three such instances last year causing a total production loss of about 83,000 units.

In June 2011, a 13-day strike demanding the recognition of the erstwhile Maruti Suzuki Employees’ Union (MSEU) had brought production to a standstill at the plant. It was followed by another standoff between the management and the workers on August 29 and had lasted for 33 days.