Toyota Kirloskar-worker union standoff continues

Apr 16 2014, 05:25 IST
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SummaryConciliatory meetings between Toyota Kirloskar Motor's management and employees' union have failed, with the two ...

Conciliatory meetings between Toyota Kirloskar Motor's management and employees' union have failed, with the two parties sticking to their stand. The deadlock has crippled operations at the Japanese carmaker’s two plants in Bidadi for nearly a month. With Tuesday’s meeting — third since talks started last week — producing no outcome, both the union and management are looking to the Karnataka government for the next step.

The labour commissioner’s office has sent its report saying the conciliatory talks have failed and the labour department will now have to take a call, according to an official.

“We thank the Karnataka government for its efforts to resolve the dispute between our union and management. We now are in touch with the labour department for the next steps in this issue,” said a statement from Toyota. The discussions had been focussed mainly on the suspension of 30 workers besides other issues such as the good conduct undertaking and the wage increase negotiations. “The management was very adamant on the suspensions,” said Satish R, general secretary of the Toyota Kirloskar Motor Employees Union, adding the union was not against an enquiry against the workers but wanted the suspensions to be revoked.

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