Maruti mulls ways to improve relations with workforce

Written by Ronojoy Banerjee | Ronojoy Banerjee | New Delhi | Updated: Nov 18 2011, 08:23am hrs
Following the relentless rise in labour strikes at its Manesar facility, Maruti Suzuki is considering a slew of measures to ensure that the present status quo is maintained.

The options include setting up separate communication channels between the workers and the factory management and reducing, at least temporarily, the everyday production target at the manufacturing unit.

These steps form a part of the companys efforts to consolidate its present workforce after several of its high profile workers who led the agitation for the past several months opted for an early retirement this month.

We are undertaking several efforts now. The environment has been badly hit over the last six months. We now hope that we can create a conducive working environment for the workers remaining with us, a company source told FE. He said that by reducing the production target the company was hoping that it could lessen the burden on the workers. Chairman of Maruti Suzuki RC Bhargava feels that while the company had taken initiatives to strengthen relations between workers and management at Manesar as the strikes had shown that they were not effective enough.

Its not that we did not have such communication channels earlier maybe (in case of Manesar) they were not as effective as in Gurgaon, Bhargava told FE. He said that the company would address these issues at its new manufacturing facility in Gujarat and ensure that the systems are more effective there.

As a general principle what is required for any major manufacturing facility is a continuous communication channels between the workers and management. Workers need to know the challenges the company and industry is going through, he said and added, The labour stir was a combination of several factors.