Some workers at Honda's China parts plant still on strike

08:19, June 01, 2010      

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Some workers continued their strike in demand for higher pay Monday at a parts plant owned by Honda, Japan's second largest automaker, in south China's Guangdong Province.

Four Honda assembly plants in the world's largest auto market have been forced to halt production due to the stoppage at Nanhai Honda Auto Parts Manufacturing Company in Foshan.

About 40 workers were seen still on strike at the company Monday by Xinhua reporters. Dozens of people, with cards showing them to be trade union officers, confronted them at a factory gate.

This led to scuffle between workers and union officers lasting several minutes Monday afternoon..

The workers later continued their confrontation further into the factory before returning to their dormitories.

Sources with the Nanhai district government of Foshan City said it had sent trade union officers to the plant to help resume production Monday.

The scuffle occurred as the 40 strikers stopped other workers from resuming work, leading to confrontation with the union officers.

Mo Jieru, chairman of the Nanhai district federation of trade unions, said the talks between workers and Honda were continuing.

"There exists a big difficulty for mediation. There is no exact timetable (for resolution)," Mo said.

Honda has agreed to raise the lowest monthly salary for regular workers by 366 yuan to 1,910 yuan (279.7 U.S. dollars). But workers had demanded an increase of 800 yuan.

The carmaker said some workers had accepted the proposed rise. Production in some processes was resuming, but the whole production line had not yet resumed normal production, it said.

Workers said the strike in the Foshan company, which has 1,600 employees, started on May 17.

"Our work gets busier and busier as production increases, but our salaries have almost remained unchanged in recent years," said a striking worker surnamed Yang.



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