Honda Replaces Strikers in China

From the New York Times:

Factory managers began hiring a steady stream of replacement workers on Sunday, and a significant number of strikers went back to work after increases in wages and benefits, even as many others remained on strike.

The 20 or so members of the factory’s new council of workers, chosen by the workers to represent them when the strike began on Wednesday morning, went into hiding on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, fearing retaliation by the local authorities.

It is too early to tell whether the apparent resolution of this strike — somewhat higher wages but lost jobs for many of the strikers — will set a pattern elsewhere as a wave of labor unrest spreads in China. Workers here in the industrial southeast of China and elsewhere have been turning a labor shortage to their advantage by demanding better pay and working conditions.

But here in Zhongshan, Honda has used the local job market to its advantage.

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