The Detroit News reported today that Toyota will restart production at two Indian plants, following a shutdown on Monday.

Factory labor, management and police in Asia engage in the kind of violent altercations that we're not used to, having almost entirely walked away from the overtly brutal relations epitomized by the Pinkerton Detective Agency and the Flint Sit-Down Strike. In India, a plant owned by a Ford transmission supplier plant was shut down in 2009 after incidents between workers and armed men around the same time as Ssangyong workers occupied a factory in South Korea, in 2012 Suzuki Maruti workers rioted over wages around the same time upset employees beat a ceramics factory president to death in retaliation for a labor leader's killing.

Toyota is the latest to company trying to avoid that road. The Detroit Free Press reported earlier this week that it shut down two plants in India after 11 months of acrimonious wage negotiations and arbitration have gone nowhere. Toyota said the plant workers in Bidadi, near Bangalore, had deliberately stopped production at times over the past 45 days and threatened management. The workers said they wanted their wages raised by an amount already agreed to by management, but that management had reneged; news reports weren't clear on the amount, some saying nearly 10,000 rupees ($165 US) more per month, another saying 4,000 rupees ($65 US), but reports agree that Toyota has said it will only go as high as 3,050 rupees ($50 US).

Terms of today's resolution have not been released, but we do know that production will begin again on Monday, March 24.


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      jaydc1388
      • 9 Months Ago
      Cheap labor doesn't last forever, people wise up to the fact they're being treated unfairly, unfortunately the companies just move on to a different country (like locusts) . Maybe they'll come back to the US eventually, as wages here remain stagnant...........
        TelegramSam
        • 9 Months Ago
        @jaydc1388
        Would it be too much to demand that our corporations operating in other countries, to have a minimum ethical standard for compensation?
      thedriveatfive
      • 9 Months Ago
      Wonder if any of these parts are exported?
      • 9 Months Ago
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          Cool Disco Dan
          • 9 Months Ago
          Your grasp of truth is laughable. But understand your need to make such claims.
      • 9 Months Ago
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        Jason
        • 9 Months Ago
        Most corporations abuse 3rd world countries' people. The clothes you wear were probably made for pennies in some Asian workplace with nasty working conditions. Could you sew together a shirt in 30 seconds for 12 hours a day? If you think an American auto corporation would set up shop in India and pay equivalent US wages, you're really kidding yourself.
          TelegramSam
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Jason
          @Levine Nice strawman. People already pay $100 for a single shirt, regardless of where it is made. Also, do I have the choice to buy a PC 100% made in the USA? Nope? Maybe ask again, when I have a choice. If we live in the land of the free, why can't I buy a cell phone made here? Even if it would cost more, don't we deserve the CHOICE to pay more?
          Gorgenapper
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Jason
          That does it. I'm going to dump my android smartphone and make one of my own out of ethically sourced raw materials. Does anybody know how much string I need to connect two paper cups between the AB servers and my place?
          Levine Levine
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Jason
          Jason: You talk high and mighty. Would you buy a $100 shirt made in USA or 5 shirts for $100 made in Asia? And didn't you shop long and hard for the best price PC to blog on Autoblog, rather than place of origin? As for the car you ultimately bought, did the percentage of domestic content figure heavily into your choice of purchase? Like most people, probably not; but the bottom line price did. As a rhetoric question, where was your PC manufactured? USA?
          Jason
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Jason
          *in = every
      Essende
      • 9 Months Ago
      Would you look at that, even people in India want to have livable wages, benefits, and normal working conditions. Who would have thought...
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