Honda Motor Co. gets along so well with its U.S. workers that the siren song of the UAW has fallen on deaf ears. But in India, workers' attempts to be represented by a union have led to violence.
At a Honda factory near New Delhi last week, about 1,000 workers battled police after a demonstration over the firing of four workers turned violent.
The problem has been festering since December, when workers demanded a raise and tried to form a union.
The four workers were fired and 15 others were suspended because of insubordination, a Honda official said. That touched off a strike at the plant, which builds motorcycles and scooters.
According to an Asia Times report, trouble began when striking workers attacked several police officers. "The police regrouped in a few hours and brutally cracked down on the 2,000-odd workers and their families, most of whom were protesting peacefully," according to the report. "Over 700 workers were injured, several with head injuries."