Deal being worked out to end Honda supplier strike

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Worker representatives and Honda Lock (Guangdong) Co. were working on the details of an agreement, hoping it would end a three-day strike Friday afternoon, local authorities said.

It is the third strike to hit a Honda parts supplier in China recently.

Representatives of both sides are revising an agreement to be distributed to each worker of the plant, said Dong Zuwen, deputy head of the Xiaolan Township, who joined the negotiations as a government representative.

Honda and worker representatives found some appendix clauses in the previous agreement, written up on Thursday, caused misunderstanding among the workers, leading to their refusal to return to work.

Copies of the previous agreement on raising each worker's monthly wage by 100 yuan (14.6 U.S. dollars) were delivered to all workers Thursday night.

Dong declined to specify the clauses that caused confusion.

"Although the rise was much smaller than the amount (of about 300 yuan)demanded by the workers, it was not the reason that the workers refused to return to work."

But Dong added that he was worried that workers may be disappointed by the increase and start to distrust their representatives.

More than 100 of the plant's 1,400 workers went on the strike Wednesday morning, demanding their monthly wage be raised from 1,700 yuan to 2,040 yuan.

Honda Lock Co. supplies locks and key sets for Honda's assembly plants in China.

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