Toyota impasse: workers to resume duty tomorrow

Last Updated 21 April 2014, 16:20 IST

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Employees Union has decided to resume work from tomorrow in the wake of Karnataka government's order to both the management and the union to restore normalcy in operations.

"At our general body meeting held today, we have decided to resume work from tomorrow following the government's directions," TKMEU Joint Secretary N Raghu told PTI.

"Our issues with the management relating to COD (Charter of Demand), legality of lockout, wage issues have been referred to adjudication," he said.

The Karnataka government had last week asked both the management and the union of Toyota Kirloskar Motor to restore normalcy in operations, seeking to an end to over month long stalemate.

In response to a question on suspension of 30 employees, he said, "we will have to discuss it and follow it up with the management, if need arise we will fight it legally also."

Responding to the union's decision to resume work, the company in reply to a query said, "The government has requested the company and the union to restore normalcy in operations immediately. Under these circumstances it is important for the union and the company to comply with and facilitate the execution of the government's order."

On how the company intends to pursue the issue of suspension of 30 employees, it said, "We have a systematic process in place that also involves external parties for fair enquiry. The principles of natural justice, governing this process will be followed and the penalties meted out in line with its results."

The company's operations have been affected ever since the union demanded a wage hike of Rs 4,000 as against Rs 3,050 proposed by the management.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corp of Japan, had on March 16 declared a lockout, after talks between the management and union over wage negotiations failed.

Although the lockout was lifted on March 24, employees have not resumed work as they objected to signing a good conduct undertaking as demanded by the company and pressed for withdrawal of suspension orders.

(Published 21 April 2014, 16:20 IST)

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