Strike at a Honda parts supplier in China could augur broader demands

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Broader demands are expected to be experienced by the companies across China's manufacturing belt as some workers have gone on strike and now wish to acquire a larger piece of the emerging economic wealth.

During a strike of the workers of a Honda Motor parts supplier in China, about 100 workers wearing white overalls and blue caps were seen at the factory grounds of the Honda Lock plant, a supplier of locks to Honda's car-making operations in China.

As many as 1,500 workers walked off the job on Wednesday. The standoff was fairly calm, a marked contrast to last week when hundreds waited outside the gates and riot police had to force them to leave.

This strike is the latest in a series to affect factories around southern China's Pearl River Delta and a few other regions by workers hoping to get a greater piece of China's growing economic pie.

Liu Kaiming, executive director of the Institute of Contemporary Observation, said that the strikes are reminiscent of a pattern of recent years that took a pause at the height of the global financial crisis.

This privately funded group in Shenzhen that must focus on labor issues. Liu said that a growing number of strikes have been evident in previous years, especially in 2007 and 2008, when the new labor contract law was revealed.

A gap was observed in 2009, but it's only now that the trend resume is observed. He added that the Honda strike is an extension of that. A new generation of migrant workers is more willing to talk about their complaints, which include low tolerance of long hours and tough conditions.

Topics: honda, china, strike

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