Support Workers Striking Honda in China

June 17, 2010

Urgent Action Alert

Support Workers Striking Honda in China.   Workers strike to win $1.34 an hour wage -and respect

Please sign this joint letter to Honda's CEO in Japan.  Tell him to do the right thing:  End the threats of violence and firings.  Negotiate in good faith.

China's factory model over the last 20 years-of grueling hours, seven-day workweeks, below-subsistence wages, prison-like discipline, primitive living conditions and zero rights-may be cracking.  The All China Federation of Trade Unions is now openly being discussed as a shill for the government.  A very knowledgeable activist in China told us that the strike at Honda is "an event of historic proportions!"

"This strike is not a pure struggle over money, but also involves demands to reform the workers' union.   It reflects the fact that the struggle of China's working class (made up of mostly migrant laborers) has developed to the stage where workers are demanding organization.  We are closely monitoring the development and aftermath of this situation. The Honda strike has huge significance for China's workers.  Many Chinese workers are closely following this strike."

 We need to support the workers striking the Honda Lock factory in China as they develop a genuine grassroots movement for better wages and real worker unions.

Honda Lock factory in Zhongshan, China exports tons of auto parts to the huge Honda Lock warehouse in Bremen, Georgia.  From there the key sets, outside door handles, door locks, door mirrors and wheel sensors made in China are shipped out across the U.S. and Canada.  So we have an absolute right to raise our voices, since the auto parts are pouring into North America.

And it is more important than ever that we raise our voices since
the Chinese Government is now censoring all news accounts of growing strikes across China.

China's workers are attempting what all the economic pundits say is necessary:  struggling to improve working conditions and wages so that we lift all shifts in the global economy and end the race to the bottom.

The workers at Honda Lock in China earn just
67 cents an hour, $5.38 a day, $27 a week.  No one can live with even a modicum of dignity on such wages.  The striking workers are demanding at least a 50 percent wage increase, which would bring their hourly wage up to $1.34 an hour-or $10.76 a day and $54 a week.  Surely Honda could afford this.

Just think of what a different and more human world it would be if workers all across North America, Japan and China were united.

Sign letter to Honda management


relatedWorldwide Scholars Petition in Support of Honda Workers in Foshan China