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Indian Toyota workers down tools despite end to lockout

Published on Mar 24, 2014 1:58 PM
 
Private security guards move a barricade outside a closed plant of Toyota Motor Corp's India unit near Bangalore on March 18, 2014. Employees at Toyota's auto assembly plants in southern India failed to return to work on Monday, March 24, 2014, at the end of a week-long lockout after refusing to sign codes of conduct, their union said. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGALORE (AFP) - Employees at Toyota's auto assembly plants in southern India failed to return to work on Monday at the end of a week-long lockout after refusing to sign codes of conduct, their union said.

Although around 500 staff gathered outside the twin plants near Bangalore for the start of their shifts, they did not clock in after managers insisted they sign the agreements, according to a local union chief.

"As we are against giving or signing any undertaking, none of us has entered the factory for the first shift which began at 6.00 am," Prasanna Kumar, president of the Toyota Kirloskar Motor Ltd Union, told AFP.

"The undertaking is against our rights as workers. We have a right to protect our interests and ensure that our welfare is not jeopardised."

 
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