Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Americans would've gorged on cheeseburgers in protest

Toyota Workers in India Begin Fast
Associated Press

Workers at Toyota's Indian factory launched a protest fast to press demands to have 30 dismissed and suspended colleagues reinstated, after being forced to end a labor strike last month, a union official said Monday.

The recent labor unrest at the Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. plant -- a joint venture between Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. and India's Kirloskar Group -- began with a strike Jan. 6 at the company's plant near Bangalore in India's southern state of Karnataka.

Nearly 1,550 workers of the 2,350 workers at the plant walked off their jobs protest the dismissal of three active union members who were accused of lacking discipline.

Two weeks later the state government invoked special powers under a labor law to order the workers back to work.


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