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Toyota suspends workers at India plants over unrest

Published on Mar 20, 2014 3:01 PM

BANGALORE, India (AFP) - Toyota has suspended 17 workers at its Indian auto assembly plants, which were temporarily closed this week following protests against delayed pay rises, a union and company official said on Thursday.

The workers were suspended for misconduct and indiscipline over the protests at the two factories in southern India, which the company says included threats against management and deliberate assembly-line stoppages.

"The suspended employees are all members of the union. The lockout was declared more due to indiscipline than on wage hike demand, though it all began with that," a company official in the city of Bangalore told AFP.

A union representing the workers demanded Toyota immediately withdraw the suspensions, saying there had been no official warning beforehand as required under labour laws.

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