From Our Special Correspondent
Daijiworld Media Network
Bengaluru, Mar 3: Deputy chief minister and higher education minister, Dr C N Ashwath Narayan’s intervention along with labour minister Shivaram Hebbar’s efforts have finally helped in resolving the 115-day-old labour dispute at Toyota Kirloskar unit in Bidadi.
Dr Narayan, who is also the Ramanagar district in-charge, held the final round of talks with Toyota Kirloskar Company’s senior vice president Sudeep Dalve, vice president, Shankar along with minister Hebbar and Magadi MLA, Manjunath in Bengaluru and decided that all the workers of the locked-out unit should report for duty from Friday.
The deputy chief minister advised the management and trade union leaders to refrain from escalating any differences and settle their grievances amicably.
The labour district that resulted in the lock-out of the factory has been settled amicably and 2,800 workers have started reporting for work after signing an undertaking to the management of resuming work peacefully. As many as 1000 workers have been given undertakings through the workers' unions, Dr Narayan said.
"I am happy that one of the longest labour dispute in the state has come to an end. The workers will get all facilities that they are entitled to as per law and the workers must cooperate with the management,’’ he said advising both sides not to harm the image of Karnataka.
The deputy chief minister said the expansion project of Toyota Kirloskar must not be hampered as it would create additional employment opportunities for another 25,000 people directly or indirectly.
State labour commissioner Akram Pasha, Ramanagara district deputy commissioner Dr Rakesh Kumar and Magadi MLA Manjunath assisted in the talks.