Toyota employees union softens stand; urges management to lift lockout

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 18, 2014 10:33 hrs

Two days after the declaration of lockout at two car manufacturing units at Bidadi by Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited, following the labour unrest, the Toyota Kirloskar Motor Employees Union (TKMEU) has softened its stand on the issue of wage negotiation. The Union has appealed to the management to lift the lockout immediately and resume production so that the workers could return to work.

However, the employees have clarified that they would return to the negotiating table once the production is resumed. They have not changed their stand on the wages that they have demanded.

"We are ready to return to work and request the management to withdraw the lock out immediately. We can negotiate mutually on our charter of demands once the factory is restarted," said Prasanna Kumar, President, TKMEU.

He said the workers are not creating any trouble on the shop floor and cooperating with the management. "We are asking for the salary increase from 2013 and we are discussing with them. We never went slow on the production. It was the management, which reduced the production because the sales of the products were less. They have also reduced the working time," he said.

TKM declared lockout at two of its manufacturing plants on Sunday as it felt the safety of its equipment and staff was at danger.

Since the last 25 days the employees at both the plants of Toyota were observing go-slow strike and as a result, the company has lost production of 2,000 cars.

The wage revision for 4,500 permanent Grade 8 employees is due since April 2013. In their charter of demands the workers had demanded a rise of Rs 8,000 per month across, while the managed had offered to pay Rs 2,400 per month. Following a series of negotiations before the labour commissioner, the management had raised its offer to Rs 3,050 per month, whereas the workers had come down to Rs 4,000 per month. The talks between the management and the workers' union are still continuing.

The state labour minister Parameshwar Naik has called for a meeting between the management representatives and the workers union today.

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