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India: Strike at Maruti Suzuki called off

Maruti Suzuku factory in Haryana, India
Image caption Maruti Suzuki is India's top car maker

Workers at India's top car maker Maruti Suzuki have called off a 13-day strike which had seriously affected production.

The company has agreed to reinstate 11 sacked employees, and the workers have agreed not to form a new union.

Nearly 2,000 workers had gone on strike demanding recognition of a new workers union.

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

The strike had affected production at the company's main factory in Manesar in Haryana, which makes more than 1,000 cars a day.

Reports say that the company has agreed to take back 11 workers who had been dismissed for leading the strike.

But it did not concede to the workers' demand for 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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