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News black-out of strike pays off for Honda,dwp_uuid=9c33700c-4c86-11da-89df-0000779e2340.html
News black-out of strike pays off for Honda
By Tom Mitchell in Zhongshan

Published: June 15 2010 06:05 | Last updated: June 15 2010 22:33

On June 12, at the height of the latest strike to affect Honda’s China operations, a young female worker watched as a cameraman marched up to one of the company’s human resources executives.

“Is he with Zhongshan TV?” the striker asked hopefully, referring to the factory town in southern Guangdong province where Honda Lock is located. When told that the cameraman was in fact from NHK of Japan, she was visibly disappointed. “Why can’t Zhongshan TV report it?” she asked. “Is it because the company won’t let them?”

A government ban on local reporting of the Honda Lock strike has had its desired effect. Many of those who responded to a recent recruitment drive at the factory, launched to put pressure on the strikers, said they were not aware of the industrial action.... (click the link above to read the whole article)

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