New Delhi: Left trade unions CITU and AITUC on Friday criticised Maruti Suzuki for deciding to dismiss 500 regular workers before reopening its plant in Gurgaon and demanded Haryana government's intervention to ensure that the decision is reversed.
Condemning the decision, CITU General Secretary Tapas Sen said they opposed the violence at the Maruti Suzuki Plant on July 18 in which the General Manager of the factory was killed and many injured.
"We demanded a comprehensive independent enquiry into the entire incident including the antecedents to punish the guilty as well as the provocateurs behind the violence. But, instead the state government launched a witch-hunt targeting the workers and began their mass scale arrests," Sen said.
He said more than 154 workers were put behind bars including some who were not even present on that fateful day.
"In such a context, summary dismissal of 500 regular workers is tantamount to inflicting capital punishment on them in respect of their livelihood before the guilt is proved. Not only that termination of such a big number of workers in a factory like Maruti Suzuki statutorily requires obtaining prior permission from the Govt.
"Government of Haryana must come out clear on whether the Maruti Suzuki management sought prior permission of such mass scale termination of workers and whether the government has granted such permission and if granted on what ground," he said.
The government must intervene and compel the management to reverse the decision, he said.
The union also demanded that the Central government should act strongly to uphold the Central Statute which stands "outraged by the unlawful mass dismissal".
AITUC's Gurudas Dasgupta described the management decision as "draconian" and said it should be an eye-opener for the central government which is pursuing policies of liberalisation.
He said if the government does not intervene, the union will stage a march to Parliament along with workers.