Though the state labour department ordered workers to call off their strike and resume operations on November 19, the company says that less than 10 per cent returned and that it was forced to extend its lockdown four days later as the situation was “volatile".
Production at the maker of Innova and Fortuner has been crippled and it’s operating at less than 10 per cent capacity.
In a statement on Thursday, the Toyota
Kirloskar Motor Employees Union said, “The workers were ready and willing to report to work. But the management did not allow them to report on the flimsy ground that they reported late,” the statement said.
They alleged that the management has been inconsiderate to the workers’ concern regarding the work load. They also claimed the company has been making frequent changes to the production norms without prior consultation with the recognised union.
The workers have been demanding re-instatement of the 40 suspended workers, including the office bearers. They also want the workload issues to be addressed.
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