Toyota Kirloskar Suspends 39 Union Members As Strike At Bidadi Plant Continues
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Toyota Kirloskar Suspends 39 Union Members As Strike At Bidadi Plant Continues

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Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. has suspended 39 members of a workers’ union at its Bidadi plant in Karnataka for involvement in acts of misconduct, even as the facility remained closed for the fourth consecutive day.

The carmaker had on Nov. 10 declared a lockout at its two plants in Bidadi after union members sat on strike in the factory premises to protest the suspension of a worker.

“Today being the fourth day since the declaration of the lockout, the union and the members have continued to strike by sitting outside the company premises and indulging in slogan shouting against the management and the company,” Toyota Kirloskar said in a statement on Friday.

In continuation to this act of indiscipline and violation of company rules, the carmaker has identified 39 members who were involved in acts of misconduct. They have been placed under ‘Suspension Pending Enquiry, in line with disciplinary rules, it said.

Nevertheless, all possible opportunities will be provided to these employees during the inquiry process to prove their innocence, the automaker said. The management and the employees’ union are also in talks to restore normalcy at the plant.

Toyota Kirloskar’s Bidadi facility has two production plants with total installed capacity of 3.10 lakh units per annum.

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