BBC News | Friday, 18 June 2010 | 07:37 GMT
Workers at a Chinese parts supplier to Toyota have gone on strike over wages, the second supplier to the carmaker this week to be hit by strike action. Workers at the Toyoda Gosei plant in the northern city of Tianjin began striking on Thursday. Toyota production has not yet been hit by the strike, the carmaker said. Another of Japan’s big carmakers, Honda, was forced to halt production last week at two assembly plants in China after workers went on strike.
"We are aware of the strike at Tianjin Toyoda Gosei. We are checking its impact on production and will continue to closely monitor the situation," said Toyota spokesman Hideaki Homma. A spokesman for the workers said they were still negotiating over pay and did not know when production would resume.
The latest walkout follows a strike at another plastics plant in Tianjin earlier this week. Last week, Honda production was hit by walkouts at exhaust-maker Foshan Fengfu Auto parts. This was the second time in two weeks that its Chinese production had been hit by a walkout over pay at a local supplier. The strikes come as labour disputes over pay are growing in number in China.