1,300 Toyota employees arrested

1,300 employees at Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), were arrested on Saturday as they gathered at the State Labour Secretary's office after buses failed to pick them up from work.

Submitted by Steven. on January 22, 2006

60 employees attended the TKM plant on Saturday after it was decided to resume talks following a wildcat action and lock-out this week, although TKM claimed 200 employees were back at work. However a union representative stated that around 1,000 workers waited for State Goverment buses which did not turn up: "We suspect the hand of BMTC (Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation) authorities in not allowing the buses to pick us up," he told Business Line.

The workers then walked to the State Labour Secretary's office, but due to police issued orders preventing them from assembling in that area were arrested, however there are reports that they were released later that day.

TKM has also suspended 27 more workers, following the dismissal of three union leaders which prompted the initial lockout.


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