Toyota Motor Corp. again suspended activities at its vehicle plant in southern India from Monday, as most of the members from its workers’ union proceeded with a protest strike, the automaker said. Both the Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) production lines in the modern center point of Bidadi, Karnataka, had announced a “lockout” on Nov. 10 after the union took to the streets, saying that their interest to pull out the suspension of a worker was not met.
The local state government’s labor office had precluded the strike by the laborers, and the “legal lockout” announced by the administration from November 19 and guided operations to continue, a representative for the automaker’s India unit said on Tuesday. Even after the lockout was lifted by TKM, a few colleagues have reported to work, the company noted.
“For plant operations to run smoothly and effectively, a minimum workforce of 90% in each shift is required. In view of the current situation, it is not viable to carry on with manufacturing activity.”
The interruption follows after a while of a droop in deals and comes when vehicle conveyances to vendors are at peak in expectation of the festival time in November in India. In addition to slowing consumption, the pandemic has disrupted supply chains and prevented workers from commuting to factories.
Competition carmaker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd a month ago said deals between October and December were required to be acceptable because of interest for personal transport and expensive buys during the festival season.
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