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MUL union leaders on hunger strike

Our Bureau

NEW DELHI, Dec. 18

THE employees of Maruti Udyog Ltd (MUL), the country's largest passenger car manufacturer, continued their dharna on Monday, even as four office-bearers of the Maruti Udyog Employees Union (MUEU) commenced an indefinite hunger strike.

Meanwhile, the directors of MUL, including the Managing Director, Mr Jagdish Khattar, held meetings with the officials in the Ministry of Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises. Company sources said the meetings were scheduled for discussing the annual b udget and for other routine matters.

The employees union is still holding out and MUEU members said the dharna would continue until the management understood the Union's position and conceded its demands.

The employees are seeking the withdrawal of the management's stipulation that all employees, staying away from work, sign the good conduct undertaking before returning to the plant at Gurgaon.

The MUEU is also insisting that the MUL management reinstate the suspended employees. The employees have been staying away from work since the first week of September this year, demanding a new incentive and pension package.

The employees, who are in dharna at the Udyog Bhawan in the Capital, are seeking a meeting with the Ministry officials.

Govt denies lock-out: Meanwhile the Government on Monday stated that MUL had not announced a lock out at its production facility.

The Minister of State for Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises, Mr Manohar Joshi, told the Rajya Sabha that till December 10, 1,162 workmen had entered the factory premises after providing a good conduct undertaking.

During the period of agitation, one workman who had entered the factory after giving the written assurance died due to a heart attack. This worker had a past history of coronary disease and was hospitalised five times during the past one year, he said.

In another incident, the body of one apprentice was found near a railway track, more than 10 kms from the factory. The local police had registered a case, he said.

Related links:
Maruti employees ask Joshi to end stalemate
Maruti talks fail again

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