Honda China halts production after parts factory strike

16:21, May 27, 2010      

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All of Honda's four assembling plants in China have stopped production after 1,850 workers at a parts-making unit went on strike demanding a pay raise.

Honda, Japan's second-biggest carmaker, closed two plants in Guangzhou, Guangdong province on May 24 and factories in Guangzhou and Wuhan, Hubei province, on May 26, said Honda spokesman Tomoko Uchida.

Guangzhou-based Honda Motor (China) Investment Corporation confirmed the shut down. Workers making transmissions and engine parts at Honda Auto Parts Manufacturing Co. went on strike May 17.

The company "can't say when the plants will reopen."

On May 17, nearly 100 workers at one of Honda's China branches, Honda Auto Parts Manufacturing Company, went on strike for one day because they were deeply dissatisfied with low wages and benefits. The company promised to work out a solution within one week.

Although the company offered a pay raise ranging from 120 to 155 yuan (around 17 to 22 U.S. dollars) on May 24, there is still wide disagreement on the formulation of the settlement among its employees.

By People's Daily Online

(Editor:祁澍文)

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