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China has a Labor Problem……

The moves at Honda to increase wages and better working conditions have gown in intensity and size to other area’s and industries in the country…..

This will surely result in higher prices for Chinese made goods…..

Unrest …in any form has to make the worlds economies uneasy….

And this labor wave seems to be much larger than initially reported….

Also……With the size of it economy….

And number of people in its country….

China cannot afford a unstablitly in its employment………

Which could have political ramifications….


In Zhangshan, in southeastern China, about 1,700 workers at a Honda Lock factory, which makes locks and keys for Honda Motors, staged an unusual march through the city streets Friday morning, according to media reports and labor activists. The workers walked off the job Wednesday, demanding more pay and the right to elect their own union representatives — a direct affront to China’s official union, the All-China Federation of Trade Unions.

Two other Honda plants in Guangdong province remain idle because of work stoppages.

Meanwhile, the unrest spread to China’s other main industrial base in the Yangtze River Delta, when 2,000 workers at a Taiwanese computer parts plant walked off their jobs in Shanghai’s Pudong district.

In Kunshan city, in Jiangsu, just outside Shanghai, workers striking at a Taiwanese-owned rubber factory earlier this week clashed with police who tried to break up their protest. Workers this week also walked off the job at a Japanese industrial sewing machine plant in Xian and at a Taiwanese sporting goods factory in Jiujiang, in Jiangxi province.

Various economists, labor experts and activists said there were many more strikes and work stoppages rolling across China, but the unrest remained largely unreported in the country’s strictly controlled state-run media.

“It’s everywhere. And all kinds of enterprises,” said Xu Xiaonian, an economics and finance professor at the China Europe International Business School. “It’s not confined to multinationals and joint ventures. And not just the South — everywhere.

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Note…..We posted here several months ago that China was on the cusp of serious political problems due to the countries government need to keep people working and busy……and out of trouble….

We’ll see what happens…

The Chinese government tends to react harshly when threatened…..

June 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , , , | 2 Comments

China's workers strike and get higher pay……Higher prices coming for their goods?

[ Striking workers on Monday at Foshan Fengfu Autoparts, which supplies parts to Honda Motor’s joint-ventures in China.]

A sort of revolution in wages is starting in China…..

Honda Motors is settling one strike after another by increasing its Chinese workers pay…..

The trend seems to be spreading……

Another company Foxconn  a huge electronic manufacturing company has had employee deaths rise due to economic and life style problems…..

China ….

In the middle of a enormous economic boom is experiencing capitalistic symptoms…

Increase pay pressure…

Housing issues…

Health and welfare issues…..

The issues are beginning to leak out to the media……

As the Dog has written several months before China must be carefull to handle its economic growth…

Since it needs employment to keep its huge population content with its central controled political system….


Economists say that China’s labor force is growing increasingly bold and that over the past year, periodic strikes in southern China — some even involving global companies — have been resolved quietly or not reported in the media.

To resolve the strike at its transmission plant, Honda offered workers raises of 24 to 32 percent. The strike had forced Honda to shut down its assembly plants in China.

Now Honda, Japan’s second-largest automaker, after Toyota Motor, has been a target again. The exhaust-system factory, which is controlled by a joint venture between a Honda subsidiary and a Chinese company.

Honda owns a network of production facilities in China, including the four car assembly factories and three auto parts manufacturers, as well as two motorbike plants, two plants that make generators, pumps and other power equipment and three research centers.

Those numbers do not include factories opened in China by Honda subsidiaries like Yutaka Giken, which separately runs four auto parts manufacturers in the country.

Honda denied Tuesday that it was vulnerable to more strikes because it had already shown a willingness to increase wages to get employees back to its production lines. “It’s not at all clear at this point whether the two strikes are related,” said Ms. Asanuma, the Honda spokeswoman.

“It’s too early at this point to say whether we are looking at some kind of chain reaction.”

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Oh, Yea????

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Food, Government, Health, Home, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

China’s workers strike and get higher pay……Higher prices coming for their goods?

[ Striking workers on Monday at Foshan Fengfu Autoparts, which supplies parts to Honda Motor’s joint-ventures in China.]

A sort of revolution in wages is starting in China…..

Honda Motors is settling one strike after another by increasing its Chinese workers pay…..

The trend seems to be spreading……

Another company Foxconn  a huge electronic manufacturing company has had employee deaths rise due to economic and life style problems…..

China ….

In the middle of a enormous economic boom is experiencing capitalistic symptoms…

Increase pay pressure…

Housing issues…

Health and welfare issues…..

The issues are beginning to leak out to the media……

As the Dog has written several months before China must be carefull to handle its economic growth…

Since it needs employment to keep its huge population content with its central controled political system….


Economists say that China’s labor force is growing increasingly bold and that over the past year, periodic strikes in southern China — some even involving global companies — have been resolved quietly or not reported in the media.

To resolve the strike at its transmission plant, Honda offered workers raises of 24 to 32 percent. The strike had forced Honda to shut down its assembly plants in China.

Now Honda, Japan’s second-largest automaker, after Toyota Motor, has been a target again. The exhaust-system factory, which is controlled by a joint venture between a Honda subsidiary and a Chinese company.

Honda owns a network of production facilities in China, including the four car assembly factories and three auto parts manufacturers, as well as two motorbike plants, two plants that make generators, pumps and other power equipment and three research centers.

Those numbers do not include factories opened in China by Honda subsidiaries like Yutaka Giken, which separately runs four auto parts manufacturers in the country.

Honda denied Tuesday that it was vulnerable to more strikes because it had already shown a willingness to increase wages to get employees back to its production lines. “It’s not at all clear at this point whether the two strikes are related,” said Ms. Asanuma, the Honda spokeswoman.

“It’s too early at this point to say whether we are looking at some kind of chain reaction.”

More….

Oh, Yea????

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Food, Government, Health, Home, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Honda is worried about Toyota 'quality issue's' spillover……

Honda Motor Co.’s finance chief warned that Toyota Motor Corp.’s massive recall could have a ripple effect throughout the broader auto industry, denting consumers’ faith in the quality and safety of vehicles.

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In an interview, Honda Chief Financial Officer Yoichi Hojo also said the auto maker will ratchet up competition in the U.S. car market with increased incentives to draw down excess inventory of some models. At the same time, he stuck with the company’s refusal to target incentives specifically to Toyota customers, despite similar moves by U.S. auto makers.

Honda’s stance could leave an opening for General Motors Co. and other car makers that launched sales campaigns to give $1,000 to consumers who trade in their Toyota vehicles and buy their cars. Ford Motor Co. offered a program to draw new customers that includes Honda’s customers as well as Toyota’s.

By contrast, Honda has said it will continue offering “orthodox” measures such as leasing services and the usual discounts to any kind of customers, not limited to Toyota owners. Toyota’s troubles “won’t necessarily be a positive,” said Mr. Hojo.

Mr. Hojo’s comments illustrate the difficulties that Toyota’s quality woes present to the rest of the industry. The world’s No. 1 auto maker by sales volume is a fierce competitor with a strong presence in fuel-efficient vehicles such as its gasoline-electric Prius hybrid. The company has recalled 8.1 million vehicles for sudden-acceleration problems and will likely start a separate effort this week in Japan to fix braking problems on some Prius models, weakening its competitive edge.

The Dog warned that the words of Transportation Secretary Ray Hood could have far reaching effects…..

At the same time, Toyota’s troubles have raised sensitive industrywide issues, including the role of U.S. safety regulators such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in probing Japanese-made cars after Washington-led bailouts of their U.S. rivals. Mr. Hojo played down those tensions. “I don’t think that NHTSA is anti-Japanese,” he said.

Worse, Toyota’s quality issues could cast a shadow over other auto makers. “I think we should see this Toyota problem from a broader viewpoint,” he said. “If customers start to harbor doubts about [quality and safety], that would be problem for the whole industry.”

February 8, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Breaking News, Government, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , , | 5 Comments

Honda is worried about Toyota ‘quality issue’s’ spillover……

Honda Motor Co.’s finance chief warned that Toyota Motor Corp.’s massive recall could have a ripple effect throughout the broader auto industry, denting consumers’ faith in the quality and safety of vehicles.

honda0208

In an interview, Honda Chief Financial Officer Yoichi Hojo also said the auto maker will ratchet up competition in the U.S. car market with increased incentives to draw down excess inventory of some models. At the same time, he stuck with the company’s refusal to target incentives specifically to Toyota customers, despite similar moves by U.S. auto makers.

Honda’s stance could leave an opening for General Motors Co. and other car makers that launched sales campaigns to give $1,000 to consumers who trade in their Toyota vehicles and buy their cars. Ford Motor Co. offered a program to draw new customers that includes Honda’s customers as well as Toyota’s.

By contrast, Honda has said it will continue offering “orthodox” measures such as leasing services and the usual discounts to any kind of customers, not limited to Toyota owners. Toyota’s troubles “won’t necessarily be a positive,” said Mr. Hojo.

Mr. Hojo’s comments illustrate the difficulties that Toyota’s quality woes present to the rest of the industry. The world’s No. 1 auto maker by sales volume is a fierce competitor with a strong presence in fuel-efficient vehicles such as its gasoline-electric Prius hybrid. The company has recalled 8.1 million vehicles for sudden-acceleration problems and will likely start a separate effort this week in Japan to fix braking problems on some Prius models, weakening its competitive edge.

The Dog warned that the words of Transportation Secretary Ray Hood could have far reaching effects…..

At the same time, Toyota’s troubles have raised sensitive industrywide issues, including the role of U.S. safety regulators such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in probing Japanese-made cars after Washington-led bailouts of their U.S. rivals. Mr. Hojo played down those tensions. “I don’t think that NHTSA is anti-Japanese,” he said.

Worse, Toyota’s quality issues could cast a shadow over other auto makers. “I think we should see this Toyota problem from a broader viewpoint,” he said. “If customers start to harbor doubts about [quality and safety], that would be problem for the whole industry.”

February 8, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Breaking News, Government, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , , | 5 Comments

The Honda dealer vs The Chevy dealer……

Just a observation….not far from where I live I went to check a new vehicle because mine comes off lease in three months…..I went to look at a Honda…..

There is a Chevy dealer across the street…….

The Honda dealer was standing room only…the Chevy dealer had sales people standing around……

Just a observation…..that’s all….

November 27, 2009 Posted by | Automobiles, Media, The Economy | , , , | 2 Comments