By on March 21, 2013

They may not have western-style unions in China, but workers sure do strike. Workers at Honda’s transmission plant in Foshan, Guangdong Province, walked off the job on Monday after their pay increases weren’t as large as they had hoped.

According to The Nikkei [sub], Honda agreed to bigger raises, and workers were back on the job on Tuesday.

The Foshan transmission plan employs more than 2,000 employees. It was one of mostly Japanese- and Taiwanese-owned factories that were hit by a wave of strikes in 2010.

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12 Comments on “Honda Workers On Strike In China...”


  • avatar
    ash78

    And then when a manager shoots you in the head the next day, your family gets the bill for the bullet. With proper unions, your local pays for the bullet.

    It’s all about worker rights.

  • avatar
    gslippy

    I don’t have a subscription to The Nikkei. What were the terms of the settlement, and how much better were they than before?

    A brief 1-day strike tells me that the labor costs are so low that capitulating to their demands still didn’t cost Honda very much. Stopping the flow of transmissions is much more costly.

  • avatar
    cargogh

    I was momentarily excited thinking I’d never have to see another new Acura.

  • avatar
    Sob93

    So let’s see, Foshan is in eastern China, Taiwanese/Japanese owned plant, how many mainland Chinese work there? Can you count their $/hr wage on 1 hand? Hopefully cars built there stay in Asia. HONDA why do Americans buy them?

    • 0 avatar
      bikegoesbaa

      “HONDA why do Americans buy them?”

      Because they have a well-established reputation for excellent reliability, good fuel economy, and high residual values?

  • avatar
    tenzin

    Worker’s right in China is a bad recipe for the world economy that depends on cheap labour. If they bulldoze those students fighting for freedom on Tiannamen Square, they shouldn’t have any issues doing the same for less of an issue, right?

    • 0 avatar
      infinitime

      The Chinese government is as likely to putting down student protesters these days as the US is as likely to re-enact sending in the national guards to Kent State… times have changed, thankfully.

      Foshan is in southern China, a small town close to Guangzhou. The strike was “condoned” by the government, since it was a Japanese plant. They would not be able to do this at one of the wholly-state owned plants.

    • 0 avatar

      “cites past, establishes weak link with present*

      *scratches ass*

  • avatar

    Honda agreed to bigger raises, and workers were back on the job on Tuesday.

    Nice.

  • avatar
    raph

    hah a buddy of mine once said that it wouldn’t be war that stopped China, it would be bourgeoning middleclass that put the brakes on. Then its off to Africa for cheap labor.


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