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Toyota lifts lockout at Bidadi

Bangalore, March 20: The Toyota Kirloskar Motor management today agreed to lift the lockout at its two plants at Bidadi near Bangalore on Monday.

“The company has decided to lift the lockout on March 24,” additional labour commissioner J.T. Jinkalappa said after talks with the management and the union to break the impasse.

To a question whether there is any precondition to lift the lockout, he said, “The management has put some conditions such as they want employees to maintain discipline....”

Asked if any consensus had been reached on the wage issue, he said, “Lifting the lockout was our priority, others are all secondary.....we can settle that matter later.”

However, the unions are unhappy that nothing was said about the wage negotiations.

“The lockout is lifted but nothing is decided about the increments,” Satheesh R, general secretary of Toyota Kirloskar Workers Union (TKMEU), told The Telegraph.

“The company has agreed to lift the lockout on March 24, but they are talking about some conditions. We will have to go through the conditions in detail, we will also have to take legal opinion on these conditions... we will take a final call at our union’s general body meeting on Saturday about our next step,” he added.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor in a statement said, “The company has submitted to the deputy labour commissioner that considering the inclination and in the interest of majority law abiding team members, we have decided to lift the lockout implemented vide notice dated March 16.”

“Consequent to our above decision, the team members are welcome to resume work with effect from March 24 after signing a simple undertaking on good conduct,” it added.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor, the subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corp of Japan, had on March 16 declared a lockout, following the failure of talks between the management and the union over wage negotiation.

The union is demanding a wage hike of Rs 4,000 against Rs 3,050 proposed by the management.

 
 
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