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Maruti to pay Rs 1 lakh to 425 workers each as compensation

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After violence broke in Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant in July 2012, 425 employees were fired. The sacked workers then filed a petition, in the same year, which has paid off just now.

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Rajendar Pathak, the legal counsel for the workers, stated that Maruti Suzuki had taken action merely on suspicion of the employees’ involvement.

A labour court in Gurgaon has now ordered the country’s largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, to pay Rs. 1 lakh to each of the 425 workers as compensation. The court has also considered that the fired workers were harassed since July 18, 2012, when the Manesar plant witnessed violence.

The order was issued by the court of additional district and sessions judge, Ajay Parashar, on March 2nd. It has taken taken over 2 years and 20 hearings to get to the climax of Maruti workers compensation. Maruti Suzuki was asked to deposit Rs. 4.25 crores with the court, for making payments to workers.

But the entire sum of Rs. 1 lakh will not go to each of the workers. According to the order, only Rs. 85,000 of the Rs. 1 lakh will reach the 425 people as compensation, while Rs. 15,000 will be absorbed by the court for expenses incurred.

Maruti workers compensation is not nearly as enough to get their lives moving forward, Maruti Suzuki Kamgar Union President, Kuldeep Jhangu, has urged that the company should reinstate them. In response, a spokesperson for Maruti Suzuki said, further course of action will be considered based on understanding of the court’s order.

Via – Economic Times