Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) Bidadi plant is set to resume operations with limited staff available amid the continuing strike held by workers. The plant operations were shut on Nov 10 as the worker’s union called a strike against the suspension of a worker.
Workers were ordered by the state labour to call off the strike and to restart operations as on Nov 19. Around 10pc of workers had returned following the order but the plant was shut down again for the next four days after things turned ‘volatile’, reported local media.
The plant cannot continue production effectively if workforce is under 90pc in each shift, said the company. Union workers said that Toyota Kirloskar suspended an additional 20 members and a total of 60 workers. Reinstating these employees would end the strike, states the union. Government has asked the company and the union to resolve the issue by Dec 7.
TKM has two plants in Bidadi with an annual installed capacity of 310,000 units. Fewer production days at the plant may result in the company not being able to meet the market demand and leading to lower sales. In November, TKM sold 8,508 units, up 2pc from the previous year.