BENGALURU: The Toyota Kirloskar Motor management on Tuesday announced to withdraw the second lockout and enhance its operations by resuming second shift in both the plants in Bidadi, Karnataka. The announcement came two months after the company declared the first lockout and the workers went on a strike opposing the suspension of an employee.

“Thereafter, in view of a recent meeting held between Dr. Ashwathnarayan, Honourable Deputy Chief Minister, Government of Karnataka with the TKM management and having observed a gradual improvement in safety situation, both inside and outside the company premises, TKM Management have decided to withdraw the lock-out, without any compromise to discipline and productivity,” the company said in a press release. The first lockout at the car production facility was announced on November 9 and subsequently the company declared a second lockout on November 23.

The Japanese firm said resuming operations will be in the interest of both team members and their families as well as the company. “Consequent to the lifting of the lockout, operations will enhance with effect from the second shift of January 12, 2021 in both the plants,” TKM said, adding that employees returning to work will sign a “simple undertaking for good conduct and report to work.”

The management, however, has decided to continue the pending enquiry against 66 employees.

The lockout was declared after TKML Workers’ Union began a protest against the suspension of a union member. As the logjam continued, the management suspended 66 employees for engaging in “illegal strike.” Despite the government intervention, the union members went ahead with the strike insisting the company first withdraw suspension of employees. But the TKM management refused to budge stating it was not ready to compromise on matters related to workplace discipline.

Over the last few days, the company resumed production of vehicles with over 1,200 employees who had agreed to work with discipline and had signed an undertaking of good behavior. The 432-acre facility in Bidadi, about 30 km from Bengaluru, employees about 3,000 permanent staff.

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