About 500 striking workers at a car parts factory in southern China making locks for Honda cars have been refusing management demands to return to work.
It was the latest in a wave of labour unrest at foreign-owned factories
A company letter offering the equivalent of an extra 12 euros a month got an angry response from the strikers who want a 60 euro rise. Torn up copies littered the site.
One worker said their wages are too low: “We come out here from our home towns to earn money. We don’t want to strike either, but we need to earn money. We don’t want to strike because nobody wants to lose their jobs. We just want to earn money, that’s all.”
The workers are also demanding the right to form their own independent trade unions.
In China unions are controlled by the Communist government which worries about social unrest and threats to stability.
The strike at the plant in Zhongshan is the third in a month at factories supplying Japanese carmaker Honda.
On Friday, Honda said two factories which recently had to shut down for a lack of parts were now working again.