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A minimum workforce of 90 percent is required in each shift to run the plant operations smoothly and efficiently.

On Tuesday, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) said it has again suspended operations at its manufacturing plant based in Karnataka after opening it briefly last week. The management of the company decided to lift the lockout at its two plants in Bidadi (near Bengaluru) on November 19, based on directions from the government of Karnataka. On November 10, following workers’ union members resorting to a sit-in strike at the factory premises to protest against the suspension of a worker, the company announced that it would shut down operations at the facility.

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Even after the withdrawal of the lockout by the management of TKM, only a few team members have reported working as at date, according to their shift schedule, and their illegal strike is continued by the rity of the team members, the auto major said in a statement.

A minimum workforce of 90 percent is required in each shift for plant operations to run smoothly and efficiently and in view of the current situation, it is not feasible to carry on with production activity with such a small number of workers reporting to work, it added. In addition, few members also instigate the illegal strike and disrespect other members who want to return to work or those who are already working and take on the extra burden of the strike, TKM said.

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Every day after the withdrawal of the lockout by TKM management, around 400 to 500 union members try to forcibly barge into the company at unplanned times beyond their designated shifts. It added that such hostile activities of these team members have created a volatile situation around the factory premises and unsafe conditions for the company’s other employees. This has led to a lack of a friendly and safe atmosphere at the plant and as a result, TKM management has no choice but to re-institute a lockout at its Bidadi plant starting on 23 November, the company said.

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Through mutual trust and respect, and with thorough communication with the members, TKM would like to find a quick resolution to this ongoing situation. Unfortunately, some members who have been vitiating fundamentally expected behaviour needed to seek an end to this illegal strike do not respect or reciprocate the same. In accordance with the law, the company intends to initiate necessary actions, it added. The company has an installed capacity across its two facilities in Bidadi to produce 3.10 lakh units per annum.

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