Union leaders and executives at Maruti Suzuki were expecting positive developments today (13 June) as both sides attempt to end the strike that has reputedly cost US$66m according to Agence France Presse.

The walkout by nearly 2,000 workers at a production facility in Manesar in the northern state of Haryana, centres on a dispute with management concerning union recognition.

"Talks are likely later today (13 June) - we hope something could come through," said unrecognised Maruti Suzuki Employees Union (MSEU) organising secretary Arvind Kumar, according to AFP.

The agency also says an unnamed source at Maruti Suzuki noted the company could consider recognition of the new labour body it if did not link itself to what AFP refers to as an existing politically-affiliated union.

The strike has apparently cost Maruti production of around 1,200 vehicles, mainly the Swift Dzire and the SX4, says AFP and INR400m each day.