Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) in a statement said it has locked out
workers at the plants near Bangalore since Sunday. It did not state
for how long the lockout will continue.
Over the past 25 days, some workers have stopped production lines
and disrupted business as the management, labour union and local
government failed to reach an agreement over salaries, TKM said.
"The company is left with no other option but to declare a lockout
of the premises to ensure the safety of its workers and management
personnel," TKM said.
Tokyo-based Toyota Motor spokesman Naoki Sumino said the unit and
union will continue holding talks to resolve the issue.
If operations are suspended, that would result in a production loss
of 700 vehicles a day, Sumino said.
TKM manufactures vehicles including the Fortuner and Innova at its
1st plant, where production started in 1997. At the 2nd plant, which
opened in 2010, it makes cars including the Etios and Corolla Altis.
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Toyota is not the first Japanese car maker to be hit by labor
relations troubles in India.
In 2012, Suzuki Motor Corp <7269.T> unit Maruti Suzuki India Ltd <MRTI.NS>
closed its Manesar plant for a month after a riot that resulted in
one death, over 100 injuries and a $250 million production loss.
(Reporting by Yoko Kubota; editing by
Dominic Lau and Christopher Cushing)
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