Strike Forces Toyota to Halt Production at Chinese Factory

From the New York Times:

Toyota Motor was forced to halt production at a car factory in China on Tuesday for the second time this month after workers at a supplier staged a walkout, the latest in a string of strikes that has hit Japanese carmakers just as they look to increase production in the world’s biggest auto market.

The supplier, an auto parts manufacturer in southern China that makes sensors and electronic control parts, has stopped shipping parts to Toyota since workers started striking on Monday, demanding higher pay, said Ririko Takeuchi, a Toyota spokeswoman in Tokyo. The Toyota affiliate Denso owns the parts maker, Denso Guangzhou Nansha, and employs about 1,100 workers.

Early Tuesday, before the start of its day shift, Toyota decided to suspend operations at its GAC Toyota Motor factory, Ms. Takeuchi said.

The plant, which makes the Camry, Yaris and Highlander models, was to remain closed through its night shift, she said.

Read more about recent strikes and labor unrest in China via CDT.

June 22, 2010 11:55 AM
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