Japanese sewing machine factories in China hit by strike

Last Updated: Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 18:51

Tokyo: Some 900 Chinese workers at two
industrial sewing machine factories of a Brother Industries
Ltd subsidiary in the Chinese city of Xian have been on strike
for a week, demanding higher wages and better working
conditions, officials of the Japanese company said on Thursday.

The workers went on strike on the afternoon of June 3.
Operations at the two factors of Brother Sewing Machine Xian
Co have been suspended since June 4, said the Nagoya-based
manufacturer of sewing machines, printers and other devices.

Management and workers at the factories in Shaanxi
Province are in talks to resolve the situation, Brother said.

The company said if production is resumed early, it will
hardly have any adverse impact on earnings. The factories
supply industrial sewing machines in China and Southeast Asia.

The strike at Brother comes on the heels of a labour
dispute apparently over a wage hike at manufacturing plants in
China belonging to Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co.

PTI




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