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Strike And Lockout in Toyota declared illegal by Govt.

In an interview with Moneycontrol, Akram Pasha, the Labour Commissioner of karnataka, said: “We met with the workers of Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today. We have declared that the strike and the lockout are illegal.” The Karnataka Labour Commissioner held a meeting on 14th Dec.20 with workers of Toyota Kirloskar a week after Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa stepped in to end the stalemate.

On November 13, TKM had suspended 39 members of the union, who, it alleges, were involved in acts of misconduct. They were placed under suspension, pending enquiry. Prior to this, Toyota had declared a lockout at both its plants, located in Bidadi, Karnataka, after the workers called a strike following the suspension of the union’s treasurer early in November.

TKM lifted the lockout on November 19 on State government orders but four days later the company recommenced the lockout after members of the union prevented workers from resuming duty.

“The workers were convinced to lift the lockdown and start working,” Pasha added.

On December 4, TKM began running the plants with limited capacity though the management had earlier reasoned that a minimum of 90 percent of the workforce was required to plant operations smoothly.