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TKM resumes production, with 200 workers

Toyota-Kirloskar Motor resumed production at its plant in Bidadi after 13 days, with 200 workers reporting for work.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2006 15:03 IST

Toyota-Kirloskar Motor Limited o Saturday resumed production at its plant in Bidadi district after 13 days, with 200 workers reporting for workon Saturdaymorning.

The management had imposed a lock-out on January 8 in response to a snap strike by workers on Janauary 6, demanding reinstatement of three of their colleagues.

"During the strike, the management had received several requests from a majority of the workmen and their families, who wanted to return to the plant and did not want to be part of the `illegal' and `unjustified' strike," a company statement said.

"Considering the interest of its workmen and its business the management decided to lift the lockout," it said.

Over 200 workers reported for work, after signing "the good conduct" declaration, AR Shankar, General Manager Corporate Planning, TKM said.

"We have also got calls from members informing us that they were on their way to work. They were apprehensive of the threat of violence from the Union. However, we expect most of the team members to attend work in a few days," he said.

Meanwhile, over 500 union members had been detained at Ulsoor gate this morning on the charge of unlawful assembly, police said. "The workers had broken the prohibitory order by assembling near the Vidhan Soudha and hence were detained," a senior police official said.

Describing the claim of 200 workers turning up for work as bogus, TKM union joint secretary R Ravi said: "Only 60 people turned up for duty. The management has roped in some local people and provided them with some proxy identity cards to display larger numbers."