Japanese sewing machine factories in China hit by strike
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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.


First Published: Thursday, June 10, 2010, 18:51

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