Over 80,000 Workers on Strike in Haryana, Work Hit Hard

Protesting against the death of a young worker on Sunday, workers’ unions in the Gurgaon- Manesar-Bawal belt in Haryana went on a day long strike and the agitation was marred by violence that saw an angry mob beat up a senior official of an auto component maker.

Work was adversely affected in several companies on Tuesday in the Gurgaon-Manesar industrial belt as workers did not appear for their duty, supporting the strike called by All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC).

“Around 80,000 workers from around 60 companies have joined the strike. The workers are holding sit-in protests outside their companies demanding action against RICO management for the death of the worker,” AITUC Gurgaon national secretary D L Sachdev said.

Auto component maker Rico Auto, whose worker was killed during a group clash on Sunday, reported zero attendance as did companies including Rico Auto and Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI). Maruti Suzuki India said its operations were not affected.
According to Sachdev, the workers will sit together after Tuesday’s strike to take a decision about the future course of action.

“RICO workers have a right to form trade union but the management is not ready for it. The workers have been deprived of their right to form a trade union and we will not let this happen,” said Sachdev.

The district administration had on Monday constituted a four-member committee, under the chairmanship of Additional Deputy Commissioner Pushpender Chouhan, to resolve the dispute between the factory management and labour union.

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