Uprising at the Maruti Manesar factory last week saw mob fury leaving one dead, and over 90 people injured. The scuffle broke out between senior management and the worker union due to negotiations involving reinstatement of a worker who was suspended on disciplinary grounds.
Managers and senior management employees were attacked by the mob in a systematic manner. During the riot, Awanish Kumar Dev, the HR manager lost his life. Rioting and fury expressed by the mob spread to all parts of the factory where a number of workers were injured. Employer’s federation of India, made it known that there should be stringent laws enacted to prevent such incidents from taking place again. The federation also issued a press release condemning the loss of life and violence at the factory. Employer’s federation of India along with many other industrial union bodies offered their condolences to A.K. Dev’s wife and family members.
According to Mr. Sharad Patil, Secretary General, EFI, there is an urgent need to create a Charter on Employee relations keeping in mind employees and employers, trade unions and civil society so as to maintain a violence free atmosphere in a workplace.
EFI issues a joint press statement on behalf of the following industry bodies:
· EFI – Employers Federation of India
· CII – Confederation of Indian Industry
· FICCI – Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
· ASSOCHAM – Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India
· NHRDN – National Human Resource Development Network
· AIOE – All India Organization of Employers
· SCOPE – Standing Conference of Public Enterprises
· NIPM – National Institute of Personnel Management
We strongly condemn the tragic and barbaric killing of Awanish Kumar Dev in the Maruti factory at Manesar, a mindless act which has shocked the conscience of the nation. Awanish died at his post, and many others were injured, while at work- a conduct which was beyond the call of duty.
We offer our heartfelt condolences to his wife Suparna and his other family members, and our best wishes for a speedy recovery to those injured. While pledging our solidarity to do all that is in our power to ensure that such tragedies do not recur, we also want to place on record our commitment to work with the concerned authorities in ensuring that the investigations are conducted quickly and in a fair manner, and the guilty are brought to book under the laws of the land.
The killing of Awanish Kumar Dev and theaccompanying violence, will remain a blot on the country’s image and, going forward, every Indian should endeavour to ensure that such barbaric acts are never repeated.
The progressive work culture in India’s shop floors has been admired worldwide, and India’s reputation as an investment destination must be protected.
Statement from Mr. Sharad Patil, Secretary General, EFI:
“EFI condemns violence in any form as a means of settling a grievance. There is an urgent need to co-create a Charter on Employee Relations through an eco-system comprising Employers, Employees, Trade Unions, Government and Civil Society to ensure a violence free workplace.