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Maruti Suzuki stops production at Manesar unit temporarily


Maruti Suzuki stops production at Manesar unit temporarily
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Maruti Suzuki, the auto giant on Monday halted the production for time being at its Manesar unit due to some quality issues.

Maruti produces the Swift and A-Star hatchbacks, and the SX4 sedan at the Manesar plant.

The compnay has also suspended 11 workers at Manesar unit (five workers and six trainees), Kanwaldeep Singh, general manager, corporate services, Maruti said in an interview on CNBC-TV 18.

The company is enforcing workers to sign a 'good conduct bond' before entering the factory following alleged quality issues that arose last week.

“The company is asking its workers to sign a good conduct bond before entering the factory. Whosoever does not sign, will not be allowed to get inside the factory premises and work, and hence would be deemed to be on strike," Singh added.

The company has been facing serious production issues, including meeting targets and quality control in the past few weeks.

Singh further said, “On August 24, 1,230 cars were planned to be produced, but only 437 were assembled. Out of which, just 96 cars could pass quality check."

During the last 13-day strike at Manesar unit in June, the company faced slowdown in its production losing 12,600 cars, which were valued at about Rs 630 crore.

“After the last event, the management gave two months to the workers to improve conduct. The production was below plan for a fairly reasonable amount of time. Some workers are deliberately tampering with the quality of the product. So, this time the workers are not on strike rather the management is asking workers to sign a good conduct bond. This is something that is done under the standing orders; the working conditions for the workers which have arrived that in consultation with the state government and the management." Singh said.

The step was taken on part of quality check after quality problems were detected.

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Story first published: Monday, August 29, 2011, 16:54 [IST]
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