Japan's two leading car companies extended additional wage and benefit concessions to their Chinese workforces at the weekend in moves they said would end strikes affecting their operations in the country.
Toyota expects its car plant in Tianjin to return to normal production today following the end of a strike at a local supplier.
Xinhua, China's official news agency, reported that workers at a Tianjin plant run by Toyoda Gosei, which makes plastic parts for Toyota, returned to work yesterday after a three-day strike which stopped production at the Tianjin vehicle assembly plant on Friday.
Toyoda Gosei did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Japan's Kyodo news agency said the company had offered workers increased allowances for summer heat and perfect attendance.
However, it refused demands for an additional pay rise over a 20 per cent increase previously offered.
Xinhua quoted one worker at the Toyota-invested parts supplier as saying that the company had promised workers a Rmb200 ($30) monthly full-attendance bonus.
It said that the average wage at the Tianjin parts plant was Rmb1,500 and that management had previously offered workers a 17 per cent wage increase.
Meanwhile, workers at a Honda supplier in southern Guangdong province ended a week of industrial action after the company offered them a Rmb280 increase in monthly salary and benefits.
“The problem is resolved,” the company said.
Workers at Honda Lock in Zhongshan, Guangdong, had asked for a Rmb700 increase in base monthly pay to Rmb1,600.
The industrial action was organised by workers independent of China's only government-sanctioned union, the All China Federation of Trade Unions.
组织此次罢工的工人独立于中国唯一受政府认可的工会——中华全国总工会(All China Federation of Trade Unions)。