Talks to Lift Toyota Lockout Inconclusive - The New Indian Express

Talks to Lift Toyota Lockout Inconclusive

Published: 20th March 2014 07:46 AM

Last Updated: 20th March 2014 07:46 AM

The meeting called by the Labour Department (Government of Karnataka) with the management and workers of automobile maker Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) failed to make headway and the lockout at the company’s two manufacturing plants at Bidadi continued for the fourth day Wednesday.

The Toyota management declared a lockout on last Sunday after both sides failed to reach a compromise over salary increases and increase of paid leave days. JT Jinkalappa, Additional Labour Commissioner said that the management and labour union will be meeting again on Thursday.

“Its too early comment on what would be the outcome. Both the parties have agreed to meet at 3 pm on Thursday. Department will hear both the opinions,” he told Express.

TKM said that the discussions would continue on Thursday. “Discussions have taken place today but no conclusion has yet been arrived at. Another round of meeting with the Deputy Labour Commissioner has been scheduled for tomorrow,” a company statement said.

The Union had blamed the management for the lockout and alleged that the management was threatening supervisors while blaming the workers for being slow.

They are also seeking `4,000 as salary increase as against the `3,050 being offered by the company.

Appreciating the Karnataka government’s efforts for reconciliation, the company said: “discussions have taken place today but no conclusion has yet been arrived at.”

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