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Honda rocked by its third China strike in four weeks

A THIRD strike in four weeks hit Honda’s Chinese suppliers yesterday, fuelling concerns that unrest among workers in the world’s manufacturing hub is spreading.

Japan’s second largest automaker said a strike and production stoppage had begun yesterday at a factory in Guangdong province that supplies locks to all four Honda factories in China.

However, progress was made at another factory supplying Honda exhaust systems, with management and striking workers reaching agreement and resuming production late yesterday, according to Honda unit Yutaka Giken. The latest walk-out comes amid growing labour disputes in China’s Pearl River Delta, a fast-growing and densely populated manufacturing hub home to hundreds of foreign-owned factories. Honda spokesman Yoshiyuki Kuroda said the automaker expected no disruption so far with sufficient inventory for now.