The strike at supplier Toyota Boshoku, a parts supplier estimated to have cost Toyota Motor’s South African unit about 3,000 units of lost production, has ended after agreement was reached with the union.
The strike forced Toyota to shut its domestic car factory on Wednesday last week, Reuters noted.
“The plant remained at a ready state during the strike and we are confident that we will return to full production [on Wednesday 24 October],” Toyota Boshoku South Africa plant director John Coulson told the news agency last night.
“This means that our deliveries to Toyota South Africa Motors will resume immediately, enabling them to restart vehicle production on the same day.”
Earlier, Toyota SA spokesman Leo Kok told local publication Business Day every day the line stood still was costing the company 700 cars.
Toyota Boshoku makes seats and interior trim for the South African-built models.
The Toyota factory itself endured an illegal strike earlier this month that saw its line stopped for almost a full working week, costing 2,428 lost vehicles. Kok had last week said Toyota dealers were already feeling the pinch as supplies of popular models such as the Corolla and Hilux slowed.
Business Day calculated that because Toyota only had two weeks to use overtime and weekend operations to catch up on the loss, it was likely the company was now at least 5,000 vehicles behind its planned production. About half of South Africa production is exported.
Workers at Toyota Boshoku had initially embarked on a wildcat strike two weeks ago and the supplier took the case to the Durban labour court, which declared the strike legal last Tuesday. The company had been on strike since, bringing Toyota SA’s assembly line to a halt last Wednesday morning, Business Day added.