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Indian workers end two-week strike at Maruti Suzuki

Workers at Maruti factory in Haryana
Image caption The latest strike has been called off and new procedures are in place to prevent more in the future

Workers at India's top car maker Maruti Suzuki have called off a 14-day strike that had seriously affected production.

The company has agreed to reinstate 64 permanent staff and 1,200 casual workers at its factory in Manesar in the northern Haryana state.

Some 30 workers remain suspended due to their actions during the strike.

Maruti Suzuki, a joint venture between Maruti and Japan's Suzuki Motor Corporation, has a 50% share of India's booming car market.

The car maker has been hit by a series of strikes since June, when the workers went on a 13-day strike demanding the recognition of a new union, including a 33-day walkout in September.

So the latest resolution is a sign of better industrial relations going forward, the company hopes.

To this end, it has set up a "grievance redressal committee".

"The management and workers have signed the agreement in a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect, and look forward to work closely together for the benefit of all stakeholders of the company," Maruti said in a statement.

It remains unclear whether the management and the workers have reached agreement on the formation of a new union. The company already has one recognised workers union.

Maruti Suzuki has two factories in India and plans to spend more than $1bn (£620m) over the next three years to boost capacity in a market where vehicle sales grew by a record 30% last year.

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