Ricoh: Strike disrupted unit’s China factory

TOKYO, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Ricoh Co (7752.T) said on Monday that a strike had disrupted production for more than 10 days at a Chinese factory operated by a unit of the Japanese office equipment maker, but it has now been resolved.

The labour dispute broke out on Oct. 13, after the company had announced it would merge the factory’s operations with those of a nearby Ricoh plant, a Ricoh spokesman said.

Operations at the Ricoh Elemex factory in Shenzen, which employs some 1,300 people and makes parts for printers and watches, have gradually been returning to normal since Saturday, the spokesman said.

“There were demands concerning pay,” the spokesman said, declining to elaborate. He added that Ricoh was unsure why workers had chosen to strike, because it had guaranteed jobs and working conditions despite the merger.

He declined to say how the Japanese company had convinced workers to return to their jobs, or how much the unrest had cost Ricoh in lost output.

Ricoh’s dispute with its Chinese workers comes amid simmering tensions between between Japan and China over the ownership of islands claimed by both sides.

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