Talks between the management of Japanese car maker Toyota and the workers union at the company’s manufacturing facility just outside Bangalore have not resulted in issues being settled and a bipartite agreement has not been reached. This situation has resulted in Toyota Kirloskar Motor declaring a lockout of the facility with effect from Sunday.
The Labour Department of Karnataka has conducted tripartite meetings to try and resolve the matter. The company released a statement saying, “Today we went to meet the Labour Minister essentially to brief him on the reasons for the lockout and the entire background of the wage issue. The Labour Minster gave us a patient hearing and understood all the facts and figures. The Deputy Labour Commissioner has called for a meeting with TKM management and our representatives are planning to meet him tomorrow. The lock out continues as of today and we are hopeful that an early solution can be found.”
Toyota has claimed that another reason for the lockout is due to the situation getting tense at times with employees deliberately holding up the production line, threatening and abusing supervisors and so on that have resulted in disruptions in manufacturing for almost a month.