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Toyota to lift lockout at Indian assembly plants after meeting to resolve pay dispute

Published on Mar 21, 2014 3:02 PM
Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited employees gather outside the facility after the company halted production at its two factories amid a labour dispute regarding wages on the outskirts of Bangalore on March 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGALORE, India (AFP) - Toyota said that it would lift a lockout next week on its Indian assembly plants after a meeting with labour groups and a local government mediator to resolve a pay dispute.

A total of 17 workers have been suspended for alleged misconduct and indiscipline including threats against management and deliberate assembly-line stoppages over the protests at two factories in southern India.

Toyota decided to resume production on March 24 after talks with its workers' union and a senior state labour official late on Thursday.

"The decision (to lift lockout) was taken considering the inclination and in the interest of the majority of law-abiding team members," Toyota Kirloskar Motor said in an e-mailed statement late on Thursday.

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