Workers at Toyota Kirloskar Motor’s unit in Bidadi on Bengaluru’s outskirts have been on a strike since November 9 in support of their demand for better working conditions, but the deadlock is yet to be resolved.












The factory manufactures Innova, Fortuner, Carmy, and other cars. The employees’ union alleges that the target earlier was 80,000 cars per year but it has been now set to 1 lakh cars without increasing manpower. Earlier, if it took 3 minutes to assemble an Innova, it’s now down 2.5 minutes, employees said.

The factory declared a lockout in November but, since December, the unit is working with minimal staff. The union has around 3,500 employees and most of them sit outside the factory and shout slogans demanding justice.

They say if they take frequent restroom breaks, their salaries are deducted. Basavaraj, an employee, said "We get a 10-minute restroom break every 2-3 hours but by the time our reliever comes and we go and come back it takes more time and our salaries are deducted. Three days of salary are held back for 'missed work hours'. This reduces our salary by Rs 3-4,000."

“A notice was also put up to say mobile phones will be confiscated if used inside the factory. Sixty employees have been suspended for different reasons. The government tried to intervene but the deadlock continues,” said another employee.

Labor minister Shivram Hebbar said, "Around 1,100 employees are working inside the factory. I have spoken to the company and the union. Both aren't listening to us. The union wants 60 suspended employees to be taken back. I am sure the deadlock will be resolved in a week."

However, the union said, "Our production target is at 98 per cent. No other factory has such high efficiency, so the company's allegations that we don't work is not right. Our fight is for self-respect and nothing more."

India Today TV tried to reach out to Toyota Kirloskar officials for a statement and the story will be updated if it is received.


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