Toyota resolved the conflict with its workers over the wage issue and also announced withdrawal of the liftout at two plants in Karnataka, but, not without condition. The Japanese car maker in the meeting asked its workers to sign an undertaking regarding a code of conduct. The company workers on March 22 said they will resume work on March 24 but objected on signing any undertaking.
"Management has decided to lift the lockout from March 24, but they have put some conditions and said we will have to give an undertaking. We are ready to resume work but won't give any undertaking," TKMEU President Prasanna Kumar told PTI
The workers allege the undertaking has a few unfair terms laid by the company and have also demanded withdrawal of employee suspensions.
"It also says something like we will follow the instructions of the company and follow it without raising any objections; it sounds as though curtailing our basic rights, something like restrictions on using mobile phone, also installing of cameras," said Kumar.
Toyota has lifted the lockout but it seems the matter is far from resolved. We hope Toyota amicably settles this dispute without the issue taking an ugly turn again.