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Mumbai: Upping the ante against the Toyota Kirloskar Motor management over the wage hike issue and the subsequent lockout at the two plants near Bangalore, the company’s employees union on Monday sought state government’s intervention in the issue.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor, the subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corp of Japan, had on Sunday declared a lockout at its two manufacturing plants at Bidadi near Bangalore, following the failure of talks between the management and the union over wage negotiation.

“We want the government to immediately intervene in the matter and resolve the issue. We have already submitted a memorandum to the government in this regard," people in the Toyota Motor Union said.

Alleging the lockout is only for the nearly 4,200 unionised workers at the two facilities, the people said the unions will hold a demonstration in front of the Labour Commissioner’s office in Bangalore on Tuesday.

“The two facilities combined have 4,200 regular employees besides 1,500 contract workers. However, the company has declared lockout only for the unionised workers. It is rolling out vehicles with the help of contract workers and those some 1,500 staffers including managers who are not part of the union," they said.

The union is demanding a wage hike of 4,000 at the main level as against 3,050 proposed by the management, they said, adding, “We are only asking for the same hike which the management had agreed upon for the 2013 fiscal as well. But what the management is offering us is much below the FY13 level."

The management and the union have been discussing the charter of demands for the period FY14 for the past 10 months, the Japanese auto firm said in a statement.

“As a bipartite agreement was not reached, the Karnataka Labour Department has conducted seven tripartite meetings to reach a settlement. But the conciliation efforts have not yet resulted in an agreement, leading to the lockout," the company said while announcing the lockout.

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