Agreed that the violence was occurred in 2012 but as far as trail was concern it is too slow and labour law is too vast and too confusing we are still unable to understand why any government has not taken any initiative to simplified the same so that the conflict of intrest should be minimise in gurgaon apart from maruti (manesar) we have seen voilence in oreint craft ltd., Hero Honda voilence in the past.Its time for all trade unions & work commitees to come with support for remormation in labour laws.
Thanks & Regards,
Sumit Kumar Saxena

From India, Ghaziabad

The marginalisation of Trade unions is becoming apparent.
With leadership playing lesser than a stellar role in leading workers properly and focus more on their own growth and probably political power,workers are taking up struggles agains industry on their own.
This link:Munnar's women tea workers stir the pot - The Times of India.

From India, Pune
[QUOTE=anil kaushik;1906417]Dear friends,

One more sacrifice by HR professional for the cause he learnt to live for. One more murder of General Manager-HR by workers .One more occasion for all of us to shed tears for few hours or days…

After that..? I know and you all know. The names of such HR professionals in last seven years who laid their lives for organisations are increasing. But issues came up out of this whole incident committed by persons with criminal mind (Whom we address workers) will remain live and keep haunting us till properly addressed.

Avinish kumar dev, General Manager-HR of Maruti Manesar plant was burnt to death by mindless criminal workers while setting ablaze the Adm. Building of the plant on 18th july. Along with him around 100 officers also got injured including two Japanese officials. Issue was neither of any wage demands nor of any "exploitation or arbitrariness". It was a simple disciplinary matter. One shop floor executive when simply expressed displeasure on work attitude of worker and advised him to be more concentrated, that worker slapped the executive and assaulted openly on the floor. Worker was suspended pending disciplinary proceedings which is minimal action in any industry in such a situation. Union made it a point of prestige. Negotiations went on to resolve the matter. Management even reportedly assured that worker will be taken back shortly but union leaders were adamant to revoke his suspension immediately. This inability sparked the appears to be quite abnormal. Workers of A shift stayed back in the plant. B shift workers were also in plant. Workers used Factory tools and car parts to attack managers and everyone whom they saw. It was riotous. The events of incident suggest it was high level of conspiracy hatched out by workers to attack management officials and lay the fire. Management was caught unawares. Side door beams were used to attack management officials. No worker is reportedly injured. In this fire of Adm. Building, Avinish could not come out as he was attacked brutally and burnt alive to death.

BM condemns this organized act of crime by workers and union officials. we have no words to condemn rather feel speechless. Violence in industrial relations can not be justified in any situation whatever it may be. Avinish family is ruined for no fault of him.

But through this unfortunate incident we should analyze the basic issues which are raised every time after such incident but appear not addressed properly by organizations to prevent such happenings.

The issues which come up are:

Was it not a studied calm boiling inside workers since last year labour unrest and were looking for an opportunity to vent out and 'teach' a lesson to management which could not be smelled by the management well in time?

Could management not sense the ulterior motives of workers well in advance who hatched the conspiracy to attack and resorted to violence while negotiations were going on the fateful day?

Should such incidents of organised violence, riot and arson in the industry be investigated to find out the influence of outside trade unions having political affiliations on workers and expose them?

Are not international HR consulting firms advising many MNCs in India for devising 'Innovative ways and measures to 'engage ' Y gen employees and keeping 'good and harmonious' employees relations proving to be a big failure and unsuccessful?

Are not such agencies always advising organizations to think globally, and not giving proper strategies to equip managements act locally?

Is it not that rampant outsourcing/hiring of people without verifying their antecedents could also be a cause of such mindless violence by workers who are not keen to understand and adapt to the industrial culture and discipline?

Has time not come to redefine the dynamics of employee relations specifically for blue collar employees and understand the total environmental impact on them in which they have born and brought up? Should managements not invest in developing HR / People management skills in Shop floor executives who are first one to face the heat of estranged relationship with employees?

Is it not the high time for the trade unions to introspect as to where their movement is going on? One can read from the history that the workers/ union who have indulged themselves in violence have almost lost ground?

Should managements not accept the challenge of educating their workers and union to be on constructive side always and keep away from any act which harms the organization and themselves?

Should HR professionals be not fully empowered to decide and execute employee relations strategies and not to look at top managements for decisions?

Unless these issues are addressed by organizations, these unfortunate incidents of violence will continue to happen in the industry and HR Person will fall prey to it. This time Avinish has laid his life, next time may be someone else…..


Anil kaushik

Chief Editor, Business Manager-HR magazine

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From India, Delhi

""One can read from the history that the workers/ union who have indulged themselves in violence have almost lost ground?""
Trade union movement has lost some of its importance over the years.
Trouble in Maneswar is frequent and this report;Fresh labour unrest at Manesar; workers allege lathi-charge - The Hindu

From India, Pune

Management-worker conflict flares up again at Maruti's Manesar plant


Wage negotiations at Maruti Suzuki India Limited, India's largest automobile company, turned violent on Saturday morning as clashes broke out at the firm's Manesar plant between protesting workers and a group of people they described as bouncers.

More than 100 workers were detained, though they released them in the evening. Two men accused of leading the protests were charged with rioting and illegal restraint. The police also filed an FIR against 500 "unknown persons" for arson and rioting.

The trouble broke out at 6 am on Saturday, when more than 1,000 temporary workers hired on seven month-contracts at Maruti's Manesar plant in Haryana began a protest at the factory gates. They were demanding parity in wages with the 2,500 permanent workers of the company who had successfully negotiated a wage settlement on Friday.

My view;

How much practical role has HR got in resolving these matters?

Is it right for management to treat permanent and contract employees differently if the same job is being done by them.

The company cannot do without temporary or contract labour.

Contract labour can be subject to hire and fire,but permanent workers are obviously well protected.

Situation is quite confusing and all this affect production.

Labour law needs to be simplified for investment to come in,but what happens to worker rights ??

How to bridge the gulf between management and workers??

From India, Pune
Dear Mr Nathrao,
In the aftermath of the violence at Maruti factory in Manesar in 2013, NHRD, Bangalore Chapter had organised evening meet on the subject. Speakers included veterans who had dealt with union leaders like Datta Samant. One of the speakers was Adv Murthy who specialises in labour related matters. Incidentally, when meet was organised on the very day, he had completed his 30 years of COP.
Adv Murthy in his speech told that the genesis of problem lies in Contract Labour Act. He told that if the act is abolished, lot of disputes will come down. Nevertheless, government itself is beneficiary of the said act hence squashing of the act is remote possibility. Nevertheless, the title of the act is "Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970". Has act abolished contract employment or it flourished? After 45 years since the act was enacted, it is time to do proper assessment rather than clinging to it!
Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore

Dear Mr Dinesh,

Contract employment has become a big thing in India because labour law protected permanent employees big way.

In many government departments,PSUs permanent employees are totally a drag on the company.

they hardly work,claim huge overtime and generally become a burden,but cannot be disciplined due to trade union backing them

Air India is one case, where pilots want to be treated as worker so that they can strike.

There are case in FCI where loaders earn several lakhs a month.

Contract employment can as a relief to management where they can hir and fire at will.

We also have managements like one famous airline which has become an NPA,but owner flies high.

Here pot cannot call the kettle black.

India requires a savvy political management which can ensure worker rights as well as keep management in control.

Here we have a pendulum system where swings are to extremes.

Make in India can be successful when we get both management and organised workers to be working together and not against each other.

From India, Pune

Workers' problems: The more things change at Maruti's Manesar plant, the more they stay the same
Company is running on support of temporary labour .
How much can HR contribute to rectify situation??

From India, Pune
MARUTI STORY – the other view ?
Three and half years have passed and the truth has still not surfaced in the day light.
Recently THE Hindu News Paper published an article that appeared in two days, in which those who were jailed in connection with the case were interviewed. It shows still a lot more analysis is required before the common man understands the truth.
Please go through the attachment.

From India

Attached Files
File Type: docx The other side of Maruti case.docx (64.9 KB, 33 views)

Union problems continue in Haryana and registration of Trade union is being refused/hampered as per this report.


The Honda management at Tapukara has tried every tactic to sabotage the registration of the union,” says Ved Prakash Poonia, general secretary, Mico Bosch Labour Union, who has been active in helping the Honda workers unionise. “They got a handful of workers to register false cases and obtain a stay order on the union registration, which is why the union is still not registered. They dismissed four union leaders in February. Now they’ve got them brutally beaten up by the police. They fear that if a union is allowed in Honda’s Tapukara plant, it will encourage workers in all the other factories in this industrial region. So they want to stop it at any cost.”

Union troubles at Honda Motorcycles plant in Tapukara - The Hindu

Role of HR gets complicated in such tense situations.

From India, Pune

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