Honda to resume production in China on Friday
We have been covering the events taking place in China and it seems they are at an end for the time being. Automotive News is reporting that Honda Motor Co will resume production at the four plants in China on Friday. That being said, we have no idea what will happen next week due to some of the workers’ demands not being met as of today.
Honda suspended production in China last week after employees in Guangdong refused to work until their demands were met. These demands included a pay raise, as well as new working conditions.
Honda was cut a break when the parts factory that closed resumed production on Wednesday. No news of whether or not those workers had come to a compromise with Honda were given. Other than that, all others continued on their strike. Today we hear that part of the 1,900 person workforce agreed to return to work, but only until Friday. On Friday, the workers expect to hear a response from Honda on a list of as-yet unmet demands.
"For sure, we will go on strike again if we don’t get a satisfying answer," said parts factory worker Li to AutoNews, who only offered his surname for fear of management reprisals.
Honda said that two factories, a joint venture factory in Guangqi and an export-only factory would restart on Friday morning. A separate factory in Dongfeng would resume work Friday afternoon.
Work will take place into Saturday, but Honda has not decided if production would continue from Monday onwards.
In China, strikes are seen a little differently than they are here. Striking workers are seen as a threat to social order and are usually dealt with very quickly.
Source: Automotive News