Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has suspended production at its two manufacturing facilities in Bidadi industrial area near Bangalore with effect from Sunday, March 16. The company in a statement said that it has locked out the plants since Sunday after the failure of talks between the management and the workers union over wage negotiation followed by labour unrest in the factory premises. This has resulted in a daily production loss of 700 vehicles.

The Japanese auto major said, the decision comes after certain sections of the employees have resorted to deliberate stoppages of the production line, abused and threatened supervisors thereby continuously disrupting business for the past 25 days.

TKM manufactures vehicles including the Fortuner and Innova at its first plant, where production started in 1997. At the second plant, which was commissioned in 2010, it makes cars including the Etios and Corolla Altis. The company employs more than 6,400 employees at its factories. Earlier in 2012, another Japanese auto major Maruti Suzuki India closed its Manesar plant for a month after a riot that resulted in one death, over 100 injured and a production loss of $250 million.

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