A Philippines government official has told striking workers at Toyota Motor Philippines to go back to work and asked the Japanese company to reinstate them.

In a certification order issued last week, the labour secretary Patricia Sto. Tomas requested that the country's National Labour Relations Commission arbitrate the dispute that has halted production at Toyota factories in Santa Rosa, Laguna and Bicutan, Taguig.

In the Phillipines, the labour secretary issues a certification order to restore normal operations at a company affected by a serious dispute, while the labour department works to resolve it.

Last week, Toyota warned the Philippine government that it would shut down local assembly operations unless labour activism in the country is curtailed.

The threat followed an extended strike at Toyota assembly plants after the company sacked 227 employees on March 16.

Toyota said that it was justified in firing the employees because they were preventing 1,200 employees from working during an unauthorised work stoppage.

Toyota said that some of the dismissed employees were also performing poorly at work.

Toyota claimed that the Philippine government had not fairly helped to solve the labour dispute and had shown excessive tolerance of rising labour activism in the country.

The Japanese car maker also told Philippine government officials that if it abandoned the country, many more Japanese companies would follow.


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