Toyota workers can join duty but refuse to sign agreement and put tools down

Toyota Motor Corp is in the throes of indefinite lockout at their two plants in Bidadi near Bangalore. This ensued as workers went on strike following dismissal of three workers while ten other workers were also suspended due to misconduct and assault of a supervisor in 2004.

Implementing the lockout on March 16, ongoing battle between Toyota Kirloskar management and workers continues. The management has decided to lift the lockout from March 24, but have put forth certain stipulations for employees union to abide by. Toyota Kirloskar Employees Union, on their part, has however stated that they would resume work but will not sign any undertaking as asked by the company, declaring it illegal.

ToyotaThe union is demanding a wage hike of INR 4,000 as against INR 3,050 offered by the company. The undertaking also contains other terms with regard to the legitimacy of the lockout, restriction on the use of mobile phones and installation of cameras on the plant premises have also been looked upon by the workers as a restriction on their basic rights.

The union is also fighting for reinstatement of suspended employees. General Secretary of the workers union, R Satish has stated that though the workers were willing to get back to work, the lifting of lockout should be unconditional and making them sign any undertaking was considered illegal. The two Toyota plants in Bidadi employs about 6,400 people out of which 4,000 workers belong to the union.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Official Statement on Lockout Issue- 24th March 2014 “We will keep our shifts running and the plants will be open for team members to join duty on the condition that they would sign the simple good conduct undertaking.

The company will welcome any steps that the Government of Karnataka can take to resolve the matter at the earliest.”