Wage dispute: Toyota agrees to lift lockout at its Karnataka units

The union of the firm has been demanding a wage hike of Rs 4,000 as against Rs 3,050 proposed by TKM.

By: Press Trust of India | Bangalore | Published:March 21, 2014 1:49 am

Ending a five-day long impasse following strike by workers demanding wage hike, Toyota Kirloskar Motor on Thursday agreed to lift the lockout at its two plants in Karnataka on March 24.

“The company has decided to lift the lockout on 24th,” the state’s additional labour commissioner JT Jinkalappa said after talks with the management and the union to break the impasse.

To a question on whether there is any precondition to lift the lockout, he said “the management has put some conditions like they want employees to maintain discipline….”

Asked if any consensus had been reached on the wage issue, he said, “lifting lockout was our priority, others are all secondary … we can settle that matter later.”

The company had earlier in the day said that it has suspended some of the workers at the plants. “A decision to suspend some of the members pending inquiry, for serious misconduct, was taken earlier in the week. This is in line with the company’s rules and regulations,” Toyota Kirloskar Motor said in a statement.

The firm, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corp of Japan, had on March 16 declared a lockout, following the failure of talks between the management and the union over wage negotiation. The union is demanding a wage hike of Rs 4,000 as against Rs 3,050 proposed by the management.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor in a statement said, “The company has submitted to the deputy labour commissioner that considering the inclination and in the interest of majority law abiding team members, we have decided to lift the lockout implemented vide notice dated March 16.”

Commenting on the development Toyota Kirloskar Workers Union (TKMEU) general secretary R Satish said, “They are talking about some conditions… We will have to go through the conditions in detail, we will also have to take legal opinion on these conditions… we will take a final call on Saturday about next step.

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