Honda Workers Continue Strike; Cast Doubt on Trade Union

Workers and government-backed trade union staff of a Honda component factory in Guangdong clashed on Monday as strikers refused to return to work, reports the South China Morning Post.


"The negotiations broke down when the workers refused to sign a document guaranteeing they would end the strike, said the workers, who considered the company's offer too low. One of the section heads had threatened to sack his workers if they did not agree to sign, they said," writes the Post.


Citing workers, the Post says staff are demanding that their monthly salary be increased to between 1,700 yuan (HK$1,938) and 2,500 yuan a month. But the company has offered to raise the starting salary from only 1,544 yuan to 1,910 yuan, a 24% rise.


Workers are also complaining that the trade union do not truly represent their interests, hence the escalating social conflict.

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