They said that the violence was not pre-planned, but a spontaneous outburst, the results of seething tensions with Maruti management. They also said that the management practice of divide-and-rule had led to a deep distrust of their own Union, which suggests that the union too may have incited the workers, to prove that it is not sold out. (Watch video)
Maruti on Friday said that it will take a decision on Monday on reopening of its violence- hit Manesar plant where the company had declared a lockout on July 21.
"We expect the police report on violence at the plant on Monday. We will take this up along with the technical assessment report of plant and report on the state of the employees who were injured in the violence," Maruti Suzuki India Chief Operating Officer (Administration) S Y Siddiqui said.
Once the top management discusses these reports, it would take a decision as how soon it could be reopened, he added.
The Manesar plant was hit by violence and arson on July 18 during which one senior executive was killed and nearly 100 other were injured.
Stating that the safety and well-being of its employees were paramount, the management declared a lockout at the plant on July 21.
While announcing the lockout, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Chairman R C Bhargava had said, "To me, what is more important is safety of my colleagues than producing some cars to make some money."
Asked how long the lockout will continue he had said, "Maruti is not closed...We will be very inefficient if we take six months. I don't think we are that bad...We will start at Manesar."
(With inputs from PTI)