Toyota Motor Corp has been pressured to halt manufacturing at its automotive plant in southern India after members of a employees’ union went on a sit-in strike throughout the premises, the automaker mentioned on Wednesday.
“Because of the present risky ambiance and to guard the security of workers, Toyota Kirloskar Motor is pressured to declare a lock-out till additional discover,” a spokesperson for the automaker’s India unit mentioned in an announcement.
There has not been any manufacturing on the Toyota Kirloskar Motor plant on Tuesday and Wednesday because of the lock-out, the spokesperson added, saying that operations would resume as soon as the state of affairs returns to regular.
The disruption comes at a time when, after a number of months of slumping gross sales, automobile deliveries to sellers are selecting up in anticipation of robust demand throughout the festive interval in November.
Wholesale dispatches of passenger automobiles rose 14% in October from a 12 months in the past, trade information confirmed, as Indians usually make massive purchases within the run as much as main festivals like Diwali later this week.
Toyota’s gross sales to sellers had been 4% greater in October from a 12 months in the past and jumped 52% in contrast with September as provide chain disruptions eased and client demand returned.
Toyota will attempt to meet buyer demand from the autos it has in inventory at its manufacturing unit and with its sellers, the spokesperson mentioned.
The union went on strike earlier this week after their demand to withdraw the suspension of one of many employees was not met.
The worker was concerned in a “breach of self-discipline and unacceptable behaviour which is in violation of legislation and repair coverage of the corporate,” the spokesperson mentioned, including that the individual has been suspended pending an enquiry.
“The union resorted to an unlawful strike, together with workforce members unlawfully staying within the firm premises,” the spokesperson mentioned, including the corporate is in talks with related stakeholders to resolve the problem.