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Labor Disputes Continue in China

Japanese automaker Toyota has been hit by a second labor strike at a factory run by its Chinese affiliate, adding to a growing string of labor disputes across China. Operations shut down late Thursday at a plant located in the northern city of Tianjin, where workers staged a one-day walkout earlier this week at another plant run by Toyoda Gosei.

That strike ended Thursday, after plant managers agreed to review workers' wages.

Meanwhile, workers at a factory operated by Toyota's rival, Honda, could walk off the job again if they fail to reach an agreement with management.

Employees at the Honda Lock Company in southern Guangdong province staged a five-day strike last week. They received a modest pay raise and management agreed to further negotiations.

China's manufacturing sector has been hit by a wave of strikes in recent weeks, as migrant workers demand better pay and working conditions.

Workers staged walkouts at two other Honda plants in southern China this month.

Taiwanese-based electronics maker Foxconn Technology recently boosted salaries by 66 percent for all its assembly line workers at its hub in the southern city of Shenzhen. The pay raises were in response to the suicides of 11 workers at its Chinese plants.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told a group of migrant workers at a subway construction site in Beijing Monday that their work should be respected by society.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.