Toyota India plant production returns to normalcy
The management-employees standoff at Toyota Kirloskar Motor’s two plants at Bidadi came to an end on April 22 though the disagreement where wage renewal continues to be the bone of contention. But, in spite of that, Toyota has finally reported that their production is back to normalcy after a full month of production in May 2014.
These difference between management of Toyota Kirloskar Motors and union has now been referred to Industrial Disputes Tribunal for settlement but in the meantime the company has been able to renew their production operations at both plants in Bidadi.
Following this decision, Toyota plants are now functioning as per expectations with all workers returning to work. Normalcy has returned to their production operations with a total of 700 units being produced per day from just 300-350 units being produced during the strike periods of March and April 2014. Waiting period has also been reduced considerably to three weeks from the extended two month waiting period during strikes and go slow activities at the plant.
However despite these near normal conditions, the company management and workers will continue to lock horns over wage issues and suspension of 30 employees on disciplinary grounds. This matter is pending with the Tribunal and the orders received will be binding on both management and workers union. The issue of wage hike escalated when the Toyota Kirloskar Motor Employees Union (TKMEU) demanded wage hike of INR 8,000 per month, scaled down to INR 4,000 during negotiations but are not willing to accept anything below this level.