The company had declared a lockout at its two plants in Bidadi in Karnataka on November 10 following workers’’ union members resorting to a sit in strike at the factory premises to protest against the suspension of a worker.
“Today being the fourth day since the declaration of the lockout, the union and the members have continued to strike by sitting outside the company premises and indulging in slogan shouting against the management and the company,” TKM said in a statement.
In continuation to this act of indiscipline and violation of company rules, TKM has identified 39 such members who were involved in acts of misconduct and in line with the company’’s disciplinary rules, decided to place them under ‘’Suspension Pending Enquiry’’, it added.
Nevertheless, as per extant service rules and keeping in mind the principles of natural justice, all possible opportunities will be provided to these employees during the inquiry process to prove their innocence, the automaker said.
Communication and dialogue with relevant stakeholders, including a conciliation meeting between TKM management and the employees union are ongoing so as to be able to restore normalcy in its plant, under an atmosphere of safety, at the earliest, it added.
TKM’s Bidadi facility has two production plants with a total installed capacity of 3.10 lakh units per annum. The company said it is deeply committed to the well-being of all its stakeholders, including its employees.