Toyota begins limited operations at Bidadi plant
Toyota has announced that it has restarted work at its Bidadi plant from March 24. Tata Kirloskar Motors (TKM) had declared a lock out at this plant after talks with its striking employees failed to reach any joint understanding.
TKM has clarified that it has restarted work and limited operations bringing to an end an eight day lockout. However, earlier reports that the company was running the plant with 1000 contract workers and 2000 apprentices are untrue. The company has clarified that these were mere rumors and it is running the twin plants on limited capacity with non unionized workers in the ranking of engineers and supervisors.
Toyota Kirloskar Motor Statement regarding recruitment of contract workers and apprentices, ‘It’s absolutely untrue that Toyota is running its plants using 1000 contract workers and 2000 apprentices. We have started limited plant operations with the help of non unionized team members, of whom majority are supervisors and engineers.’
TKM management and workers are not seeing eye to eye over increase in salaries which has been the bone of contention for the past 10 months. The company had also suspended some 30 employees over accusations that they had stalled production operations and intimidated supervisors. Union leaders are demanding a pay hike of INR 4,000 while the company is offering INR 3,050 citing falling sales and severe constraints in the overall market scenario.
The TKM Bidadi plant employs 6400 employees and is from where the Camry sedan, Corolla and Prius hybrid are produced with total annual production to the tune of 310,000 units.