CHINA [updated 16:25BST]: Toyota plant stays idle; Honda restarting
Production at Chinese joint venture Guangqi Honda's two factories would resume on Thursday after a one-day disruption caused by a strike, now ended, at a Chinese JV factory with Japan's NHK Spring, Honda Motor said.
NHK Spring had said earlier that workers at the majority-owned factory, NHK-UNI Spring (Guangzhou), went on strike late on Tuesday. The factory supplies Toyota, Nissan Motor and Honda vehicle assemblers, a NHK Spring spokesman told Reuters.
A Nissan spokesman said the impact on its factories from the short-lived strike at the spring supplier would be limited to a few hours' delay. Toyota said it expected no added disruption although its Guangzhou factory remains idled due to labour problems at a Denso unit.
Earlier reports said production at the Toyota plant in southern China was to remain idle for the Wednesday (23 June 2010) night shift.
Ongoing labour unrest over low pay and poor conditions at foreign owned companies in China have seen the Toyota plant in the southern city of Guangzhou halted since Tuesday due to a walkout at a local unit of affiliated parts maker Denso.
Tokyo-based Toyota spokesman Paul Nolasco told AFP the automaker did not know when production at Guangzhou would resume.
The strike hit the Denso unit, which makes fuel injectors and other components, on Monday when around 200 employees stopped work and demanded higher pay, state media said.
Local government and labour union officials had been sent to the factory to help resolve the dispute, Xinhua news agency added.
The suspension came days after Toyota resumed vehicle assembly in the northern city of Tianjin, where production had stopped briefly due to a three-day walkout at a parts plant run by another affiliate, Tianjin Toyoda Gosei.
Honda was also affected on Wednesday when an assembly plant run by its Chinese joint venture Guangqi Honda Automobile stopped operations after strikes at a NKK Spring-owned factory.
"Due to a lack of enough auto parts supply, one of two assembly plants under Guangqi Honda has suspended its output completely since this morning," Tokyo-based Honda spokeswoman Natsuno Asanuma told AFP.
Honda assembly in southern China has stopped several times in recent weeks because of labour disputes at parts suppliers.
A spokeswoman for NHK-UNI Spring (Guangzhou), majority owned by NHK Spring, said the dispute was "almost settled", without providing further details.