Toyota’s Indian workers ready to resume work

ToyotaThe Indian unit of automotive giant, Toyota has said that its workers are now ready to resume work after the company announced its decision to lift lock-out at its two plants in Bidadi.

The company said that it is lifting lockouts following the state government's conciliatory efforts. The Toyota Kirloskar Employees Union (TKMEU) indicated that they are ready to resume work but did not agree to sign any undertaking from the company.

TKMEU President Prasanna Kumar said, "Management has decided to lift the lockout from March 24, but they have put some conditions and said we will have to give an undertaking. We are ready to resume work but won't give any undertaking."

Toyota Kirloskar Motor had announced a lockout on 16 March, 2014 after the talks did not result in an agreement. The lockout was announced at two plants after salary negotiations failed to reach an agreement and workers stopped production lines. The management, labour union and local government were unable to reach an agreement over salary.

The lockout will result in a production loss of 700 vehicles a day, according to the company. TKM manufactures vehicles including the Fortuner and Innova at one unit and cars including the Etios and Corolla Altis at the other newer plant.