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Karnataka chief minister plots with company to smash strike by Indian Toyota workers

• Arun Kumar - WSWS

The month-long strike by over 3,000 Toyota workers at two Bidadi plants in the southern Indian state of Karnataka is in imminent danger. Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa held a closed-door meeting with company management and senior officials in his government yesterday to press for an end to the strike, including by deploying repressive state measures if necessary. Yediyurappa ordered the chief secretary in his Hindu-supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party government to "take necessary steps to restore normalcy at Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM)." Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar will convene a meeting with senior officials today to announce what the "necessary steps" will consist of. In an article previewing the meeting in the Economic Times, a source familiar with the plot to smash the workers' resistance explained that the government could prosecute workers for obstructing manufacturing activity at the plant. "Once the government issues sanction for prosecution, the