2 Honda plants halt production due to supplier strike

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Honda Motor Co. halted production Wednesday at two Chinese assembly plants due to an ongoing strike at a parts supplier, a company spokesman said.

The two plants in Huangpu District and Zengcheng City, of Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province, had to suspend production because of the strike at the Japanese company, Denso Corp, said Zhu Linjie, a Beijing-based spokesman for Honda.

The two assembly plants belong to joint venture Guangqi Honda.

Zhu said production would resume soon after the strike ended as the plants were not far from Denso Corp.

No other suppliers were affected by labor disputes at the moment, he said.

The Denso employees selected 40 delegates Wednesday morning to negotiate with the factory's labor union and Zeng Qinghong, general manager of Guangzhou Automobile Group.

During the discussion, many employees stayed in the factory in the afternoon. Some told Xinhua that the factory leader told them to go back to work and pay would be discussed later, but they refused.

The factory's negotiators talked to the employees via a speaker to ask for a specific salary plan, which would be discussed Thursday.

"I hope there will be a result tomorrow," the negotiator said. He said the discussion would be based on the strikers' immediate return to work.

Management of the company refused to comment.

More than 200 employees began a sit-in at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Denso Corp plant and others gathered at the south gate of the plant. The strike has stopped production and worker representatives are negotiating with the company.

As a supplier to Honda, Toyota and other Japanese motor companies, Denso Corp, established in 2004, has about 1,200 employees in an industrial complex in Guangzhou's Nansha District. It produces engine and chassis control systems, filters, horns and other auto parts.

Meanwhile, more than 300 workers at NHK-UNI Spring (Guangzhou) Co. (NUS) ended a two-day strike Wednesday in demand for more pay.

An official of the local governemnt said it and the labor union and helped to resolve the problem.

The company and strikers had reached an agreement and the employees were basically satisfied, the official said.

The UNS, jointly established by NHK Spring Co. and Taiwan UNI-Auto Part Manufacture Co. in 2002, has 450 employees. It is a supplier to Toyota, Honda, and Dongfeng Motor Corp..

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