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Suzuki Motorcycle workers warn of strike after Holi

Trouble is brewing at the Gurgaon plant of Suzuki Motorcycle India with workers threatening to go on strike after Holi demanding reinstatement of three suspended colleagues.

The union leaders said two office bearers of Suzuki Motorcycle India Employees Union -- President Anil Kumar and General Secretary Avinesh Kumar -- along with another colleague Pradeep Kumar, who have been suspended on 'unfounded disciplinary grounds', must be reinstated.

'We have had talks with the management and labour department officials but nothing has happened. The workers will wait for about 15-20 days after Holi and if their demands are not met, they will go on strike,' Suzuki Motorcycle India Employee Union (SMIEU) President Anil Kumar said.

SMIEU is the only workers' union at the plant.

While Kumar himself was suspended on 19 March by the management on disciplinary grounds, Avinesh Kumar and Pradeep Kumar have been put on suspension since 12 February following an alleged altercation with their supervisors.

'The charges of indiscipline against us are completely unfounded. The supervisors were also equally responsible for the altercations and while they continue to work, we have been suspended,' Anil Kumar said.

When contacted, Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt Ltd (SMIPL) Vice President (HR) Anil Munjal said the workers have neither given any notice nor informed the company about the strike.

'We have suspended three workers, including the General Secretary and President of the union, for beating up senior officials of the company in February and March. At present a departmental enquiry is going on against them,' he added.
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