Unions in China_ Strike breakers _ The Economist

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Calm down, comrade Unions in China Strike breakers Strikes are as big a problem for the government as they are for managers Jun 3rd 2010 | FOSHAN AS CHINESE strikes go, the one that crippled Honda’s car production in late May was relatively discreet: no picketing, no clashes with police, little sign of copycat action. But it was significant. The stoppage was one of the biggest and longest- running in an enterprise with foreign investors. And it has exposed worrying problems for the government and factory owners in China’s industrial heartland. Company officials said normal production resumed on June 2nd at the Honda Auto Parts Manufacturing Company’s plant in an industrial zone on the edge of Foshan, a city in the southern province of Guangdong. The strike over wages (which broke out briefly on May 17th and began anew on May 21st) had halted production at the Foshan facility and forced the temporary closure of all Honda’s car-assembly plants in China that depend on it. Trouble could flare anew. Some workers remain unhappy with a settlement offered by the Japanese firm. Strikes and protests at factories are becoming more common. Outlook Weekly , an official magazine, reported in December that labour disputes in Guangdong in the first quarter of
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