Agreement ends 2-day strike at another Honda parts supplier plant in south China

21:57, June 10, 2010      

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More than 100 workers at a Honda-affiliated auto parts plant in south China's Guangdong Province ended a two-day strike Thursday after reaching a deal with their employer for a pay rise.

Representatives of the striking workers and their employer, Honda Lock (Guangdong) Co., Ltd., signed an agreement at 5 p.m. Thursday to increase monthly salaries by 100 yuan (14.7 U.S. dollars), said Dong Zuwen, deputy chief of Xiaolan Township, Zhongshan City, where the company is based.

The workers who gathered at the plant have returned to their dormitories and the atmosphere is peaceful, Dong said.

The workers here have higher salaries and shorter working hours than workers at Foshan Nanhai Honda, where the first strike occurred, Dong noted, adding that health insurance, social security benefits and training expenses are also included, meaning it was easier to come to an agreement.

Worker representatives are copying the agreement to distribute to all 1,400 employees.

The workers began the strike Wednesday, demanding a monthly salary of 2040 yuan, compared with their monthly salary of 1700 yuan, after recent strikes at two other Honda-related plants.

The first one strike occurred at Foshan Nanhai Honda Auto Parts Manufacturing Company in Guangdong's Foshan City. It began May 17 and lasted until June 1, ending with a 600 yuan per month pay rise for workers.

The second one ended late Wednesday after Foshan Fengfu Autoparts Co. Ltd, a part supplier for Honda, agreed to add 135 yuan to each worker's monthly salary with regular annual increase and allow the formation of a trade union.

Both of the strikes forced Honda assembly plants in China to halt production.

Source: Xinhua


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