Toyota workers open to discussion to end wage dispute

Toyota India’s twin plants in Bidadi near Bangalore have been in the throes of a dispute between management and workers for some weeks. 4,200 workers continue to remain on strike, demanding better wage deals, holidays and housing while the union is also demanding that the automaker reinstate suspended employees.

However, it has now come to light that the workers are willing to sit down with management to come to a common consensus on wage dispute which had resulted in factory closure and causing constraints between management and employees.

ToyotaPresident of Toyota Kirloskar Workers Union, Prasanna Kumar has stated that the parties could come to a solution favorable to both and meet at the halfway mark so as to end this impasse. Management had offered a wage hike of INR 3,050 while workers union was pressing for a wage hike of INR 4,000, while the management had also insisted that the workers sign a ‘good conduct agreement’.

This decision to have a discussion with management was welcomed, as the company is working with non unionized workers ever since the lockout and functioning on limited plant operations of just 60 to 80 cars per day as against 550 units a day in February.

The twin plants in Bidadi, Bangalore is from where the Fortuner, Innova, Etios and Corolla Altis are produced.