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Strike-hit Toyota India ‘limited’ operations

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Toyota Motor said it has resumed “limited after unionized employees at its plant refused to return to following an end to a company lockout.

The and the company’s management at two plants the high-tech city of Bangalore are at over pay issues, which have been negotiating for 10

“We have started limited with the help of nonunionized members of whom the majority are and supervisors,” Toyota said in a issued late Tuesday.

union President Prasanna said: “Instead of resolving the amicably, management is misusing to make them work and has contract labor to do our job, is skilled and involves stringent to ensure quality.”

Toyota said there was no to the union’s claims that it was apprentices to make the cars or had extra nonunion labor.

The members refused to resume after the company lifted the lockout Monday.

The carmaker had workers could return Monday provided they a good conduct pledge, suspending some workers accusations they halted and made threats to supervisors.

said the workers were to sign the good conduct because “it falsely implicates employees as responsible” for misconduct resulted in the lockout.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Ltd. is the Indian unit of the biggest carmaker.

Its Bangalore produces some 310,000 annually, including Toyota’s Camry sedan, the Corolla and the hybrid, mostly for the domestic

Toyota’s union has demanded a pay of at least 4,000 rupees a month, while the company is 3,050 rupees (¥5,200), tough market conditions Indian car sales set to fall for a year in a row.

Toyota has ruled out any compromise the workers.

“Discipline is required you are in an industrial environment with a number of workers. They to obey rules,” Shekar Toyota Kirloskar Motors’ chairman for external affairs, the national news agency Trust of India.

“The compromise and discipline don’t go the news agency quoted him as

Toyota’s plant problems in the wake of other, sometimes labor disturbances at Indian car in recent years.

In 2012, workers at India’s top by sales, Suzuki Motor’s Suzuki India unit, on the rampage, killing one executive and more than 100 others in a over pay and working conditions.

has appealed to the Karnataka state to help end the row, while the has asked the state’s labor to protect its members’ interests.


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