The Telegraph
Sunday , March 23 , 2014
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Discord note in Toyota truce

Bangalore, March 22: The workers of Toyota Kirloskar Motor have said they would not sign any undertaking, as demanded by the management, before resuming work on Monday.

At a general body meeting of the Toyota Kirloskar Motor Employees Union today, the workers expressed their concern about the undertaking put forward by the management.

The management had lifted the lockout on Thursday after a second round of tripartite meeting with the workers’ union and the state labour department.

It had then said in a statement, “Consequent to our decision, the team members are welcome to resume work with effect from March 24 after signing a simple undertaking on good conduct.”

“We will return to work, but without signing any such undertaking thrust upon us,” Sateesh R, general-secretary of the union, told The Telegraph here today.

“The company wants us to sign this undertaking, thus accepting the lockout. How can we accept this lockout when we have already complained it as illegal to the labour department?” he added.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor, the subsidiary of Toyota Motor of Japan, had on March 16 declared a lockout following the failure of talks between the management and the union on wage negotiation. The union had termed the lockout illegal since no notice was served.

“The undertaking has conditions like every worker must listen to his supervisor and no questions can be asked. I respect my superiors in matters related to work. But I can’t be subjugated by him,” Sateesh said.

Today’s general body meeting was held in Bidadi where the twin plants of Toyota Kirloskar Motor are located and attended by about 3,000 workers.

Around 4,200 regular workers were affected by the lockout arising from the disagreement over wage hike. While the union sought a monthly increment of Rs 8,500 for all workers, the management refused to budge from the Rs 3,050 it offered. The deadlock began after the management refused to accept the union’s scaled-down figure of Rs 4,000.