Chinese workers return to Honda work after 45 pc-pay raise

Chinese strike ended after workers agreed to a 45-percent pay raise to 1,420 yuan ($210) per month, from a previous 980 yuan.

Chinese workers return to Honda work after 45 pc-pay raise

Workers at a parts supplier for Honda Motor Co's China operations returned to work on Thursday, ending a week-long strike that again highlighted the auto firm's vulnerability to its Chinese suppliers.

The strike at Atsumitec Co was another in a series by workers demanding a bigger piece of China's growing economic wealth.

It ended after workers agreed to a 45-percent pay raise to 1,420 yuan ($210) per month, from a previous 980 yuan, after a meeting with the company's Japanese managers late on Wednesday, said a worker who took part in the strike. Honda confirmed the strike had ended.

"We're all ready to go back to work now, and everyone is happy with the outcome," said the worker, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Workers at the roughly 200-person Atsumitec factory would also receive a two-month bonus if the plant ran at a profit, in addition to a 250 yuan monthly living allowance, the worker said.

Production had restarted partially from the second shift on Tuesday, Honda spokesman Yoshiyuki Kuroda said, citing information from Atsumitec.

Stoppages at foreign-run factories across China by workers demanding pay increases disrupted operations for several weeks in May and June, but the wave of unrest had tapered off by the end of last month.

"Another strike"

The status of a strike at another factory operated by Japanese electronics maker Omron Corp, which makes car parts in the southern China city of Guangzhou, was unclear on Thursday.

Omron said it had reached an agreement with workers on a pay raise, but production had not yet resumed and it would hold a briefing with its employees at 0530 GMT to discuss the details.

However, a worker at the plant told Reuters there had been no agreement and workers were still on strike.

The Omron strikers were demanding a pay raise of at least 40 percent from their salary of 1,270 yuan. An Omron spokesman said 200-300 of its 800 workers had gone on strike at the plant, while workers said the number of strikers was closer to 400-500.

Workers at the Omron plant were bussed into work as usual on Thursday morning and went into the building but were still on strike, according to an employee at the scene. Mid-morning, the grounds outside the plant were largely quiet, with one police motorcycle parked outside the factory.


Reuters

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