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Honda China strike partially settled

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A strike at a Honda parts factory in southern China seemed to be partially over on Monday.

The dispute over wages began last week and halted production at the carmaker’s four assembly plants in China.

Honda said “a majority” of the 1,900 workers had accepted a 24 percent pay rise and returned to work making transmissions, but some are continuing the strike.

One woman said: “In the factory, if you work overtime, your salary would usually be higher, but we rarely get overtime. And our salary is very low. I’ve been working here for two years. My basic wage is still 700 yuan (83 euros) and altogether I get 1,200 yuan (142 euros).”

Some strikers accused union officials of pressuring them to return to work and even manhandling them.

The Communist Party-backed All China Federation of Labour Unions discourages independent worker activism, and generally sides with management.

China, the fastest growing economy in the world, has been hit with a string of labour disputes at foreign firms, where workers have begun to demand better pay and working conditions.