Strikes in China’s car industry are spreading.
Workers at two Toyota plants in the northern city of Tianjin walked out last week demanding higher wages and benefits.
This followed a series of walkouts that won pay increases at three Honda components factories.
Workers at Toyota’s steering wheel manufacturer ended their strike when management promised to consider their demands. Another strike took place at Toyoda Gosei, which makes plastic parts for the company.
A Honda supplier, Wuhan Auto Parts Alliance, also saw 240 welders walk out demanding a pay rise.
The strikes have all occurred independently of—and often in the teeth of opposition from—the official state All China Federation of Trade Unions.
In a bid to try and maintain some credibility, the vice-chair of the Guangdong province Federation of Trade Unions has now said that workers will be able to elect the union chair.