Manesar Plant – what happened that day & what the world thinks

“Much has been said about the Manesar incident that day – in news, publications, blogs, videos.\n\nJournalists have succeeded in sketching a picture of a large group of people being crushed by a corporate juggernaut. And, that too without walking past the factory for a moment, or knowing what’s the work culture in that factory, without putting them in the shoes of the officers.\n\n\nOne of my friend had posted on facebook -\n

“Historical fact: People stopped being people in 1913. That was the year Henry Ford put his cars on rollers and made his workers adopt the speed of the assembly line. At first, workers rebelled. They quit in droves, unable to accustom their bodies to the new pace of the age. Since then, however, the adaptation has been passed down: we’ve all inherited it to some degree, so that we plug right into joy-sticks and remotes, to repetitive motions of a hundred kinds.”\n-Jeffery Eugenides, Middlesex

\n\nAnd there was a comment to it,\n

Pretty much explains the root cause of Manesar plant!\n

\n\nThis my friend, stands largely incorrect and I can’t hold my frustration anymore. Nothing gets me started as misinformation or stupidity does.\n\n\nManesar is in Gurgaon\n Now, I have nothing in personal with people of Gurgaon nor it is my personal view. This was one of my friend’s and this is what he says-\n

They’re rude. I don’t know if they’re naturally like that, but they talk very very harsh. And, they can be easily provoked. Mostly they’re from Haryana. People from that area are like that. They’re irritable and get into fights over a simple argument.

\n\nMy friend was a diploma holder, meaning, they had to oversee the employees working at the assembly. Working at assembly is hard and managing people who are older than you, harder, and it’s a nightmare when they’re ill-mannered. These group of overseers mostly hailed from regions other than Gurgaon. It was unimaginable for them to deal with these kinds.\ntechnical terms may not be accurate, beg your pardon for that\n\nAgree that – Work was tedious. Tea/Lunch breaks were a great deal as thousands of people shared the same slot and spot. Costs of living have grown a lot over the years and it can be assumed everyone was pissed off because of it. And, by everyone, I mean the employees, officers and the company too.\n\nHow did it all start\nAn argument ensued between two individuals and two more jump in. A pseudo-manager, out numbered by workers gets sworn at and manhandled. \”Tujhe toh mai dekh lunga baad mein\” turns into \”Aj shaam ko mil, sab milkey dekh lenge\”.\n\nTo calm the situation, the management takes immediate steps. They form a committee and call a meeting in the after hours in a hall.”

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