Country's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India
(MSI) on Friday said it has started operations at its second plant at its Manesar
The development comes at a time when MSI is trying to restore normal production at its first plant at the facility amid an impasse between the management and workers.
Meanwhile, worker representatives from factories in Gurgaon-Manesar-Dharuhera industrial belt on Friday submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Labour Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of Gurgaon District to take action to end the impasse.
"Maruti Suzuki's second plant (Plant B) at Manesar commenced part-production of vehicles today. In an effort to raise production volumes, the weld operations in Plant B were started," the company said in a statement.
In the current situation, when the company is working with less manpower, start of weld operations at Manesar Plant B will help in ramping up production and overall volumes, it added.
The two plants at Manesar (A and B) are integrated. The output from Weld Shop of Plant B can be fed to the Assembly line of Plant A, it said.
The production at the Manesar plant has been affected since Monday after the company decided to force workers to sign a 'good conduct bond' before entering the factory premises, following alleged "sabotage" and deliberate quality compromise with cars produced last week.
On the first two days of the stand-off, MSI dismissed give permanent workers. Besides, it also suspended 26 permanent workers and discontinued the services of another 18 trainees on charges of sabotage and causing quality problems in cars.
The company on Friday rolled out 125 cars from the first plant. MSI on an average produces about 1,200 units of Swift, A-Star and SX4 every day from the plant. On this basis, the production loss suffered by MSI so far since Monday is estimated at about 4,575 units, valued at over Rs 225 crore.
With no signs of an end to the impasse between workers of the first plant at Manesar and management, representatives of unions from factories in the industrial belt in a memorandum urged the Deputy Labour Commissioner and the Deputy Commissioner of Gurgaon District to take action to end the standoff.