Toyota Kirloskar Motor declares lockout at Bidadi manufacturing unit

Ongoing differences between labour union and management at the Toyota Kirloskar Motors’ Bidadi plant near Bangalore have resulted in the company declaring a lockout. The matter has been under discussion for the past 10 months and has caused severe production constraints over the past 25 days.

Differences between Union and management of Toyota Kirloskar Motors has seen loss of production at the two plants in Bidadi near Bangalore which has an installed capacity of 3,10,000 units. Failure to reach a common consensus has made the company declare a lock out at both plants leaving them with no other alternative despite several rounds of talks been resorted to, along with Karnataka Labor Department.

ToyotaThis decision was taken in view of safety to both employees and management as there were reports of deliberate stoppages of the production line, abuse and threatening of supervisors and causing continuous disruptions over the past three weeks.

Toyota Kirloskar Motors Bidadi plants are spread over a 432 acre area in the outskirts of Bangalore. While the first plant has installed capacity of 1 lakh units, the second plant has a capacity of 2.10 lakh units taking combined capacity to 3.10 lakh units per annum. It is from these two plants that the company produces its Fortuner SUV besides Corolla Altis, Etios, Etios Liva and sedans such as Camry and Camry Hybrid.