Japanese auto electronics component manufacturer Omron is facing labor unrest at its Guangzhou plant, the Financial Times reported. Several hundred workers walked off work at the company’s Guangzhou plant, which supplies components to carmakers in southern China, including Ford Motor (F.NYSE) and compatriot firm Honda (7267.TYO, HMC.NYSE), which suffered similar labor unrest earlier in the summer. Toyota (6902.TYO) has also been affected by strikes at its Chinese plants. While strikes and worker dissatisfaction have become problems throughout the Chinese high-skilled manufacturing sector, Japanese companies have been particularly hard hit and have suffered the worst of the public-relations fallout. Some have blamed Japanese management practice and closed corporate cultures. Omron workers are demanding a 40% rise in pay from their currency monthly salary of RMB1,270 (US$187), in consideration of increased living costs in Guangzhou.
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