Honda Reports Agreement in China Labor Dispute

Auto workers have ended their strike after Honda agreed to a pay raise,

the New York Times reports

:

The Japanese automaker said the workers, who had returned to the job a few days ago pending a final deal, had accepted “additional cash and benefits” in exchange for agreeing to end their strike. The workers had been seeking a raise of about 75 percent. Honda offered them a 24 percent raise earlier this week.

The workers had threatened to go back out on strike next week if their demands were not met.

Some workers who went out on strike in the city of Foshan, in Guangdong Province in southern China, said they were satisfied with the deal Friday. In a telephone interview, one of them even declared victory, saying the group had won a 34 percent pay raise as well as regular cash bonuses and other concessions. That would bring the base pay to more than $300 a month, well above the minimum wage in the region.

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