Maruti Suzuki to hire 2,000 workers for Manesar 3rd line
RC Bhargava, Maruti chairman, told FE that as per the company’s new policy, 75-80% of the new workers will be permanent while the rest will be hired on a temporary basis. “Typically, one line requires 2,000 workers. The only difference between the two categories is that when work reduces, temporary workers go home, returning when it picks up again,” he said.
Operations at the Manesar car plant have been far from smooth with two bouts of labour trouble in 2011 and 2012 leading to plant closures and a total loss of about R6,000 crore in revenues. The first dispute, which stretched from June to October in 2011, was over registration of a new union, while the July 2012 violence had led to the death of a company HR official.
Bhargava added that further hiring for the upcoming mega-facility at Gujarat could also start from around 2014, a year before the scheduled start of operations of the first line in 2015-16. The Gujarat workers will be first trained at Maruti’s existing twin facilities in Gurgaon and Manesar. In 2015-16, Gujarat will initially start with