BEIJING (Bloomberg) -- BMW AG said there is a “dispute” between workers and management at its dealership in Dalian, China, following strikes at parts suppliers for Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co.
“There have been some problems between employees and their management at the dealer” in Dalian, said Duan Yi, a Beijing-based spokeswoman for the German luxury carmaker. She said she couldn't confirm whether the workers are striking. “We are closely following the situation and conducting further investigations,” Duan said.
All workers at BMW dealer Yanbao's Dalian unit went on strike on June 18, demanding the company pay back bonuses, the 21st Century Business Herald reported earlier. Employees haven't received a pay raise for two years and management agreed to give them a 20 percent salary increase after their walkout, the newspaper said.
Employees at Yanbao's Beijing unit sent management an e-mail on June 21 requesting that it pay unpaid bonuses totaling “several hundreds of thousands of yuan,” the report said, citing the e-mail. The workers said they would take “collective action” if their demands aren't met by end of June, the newspaper said.
Yanbao is one of the biggest BMW dealers in China.
Toyota has suffered at least three walkouts among its suppliers in China, the world's biggest vehicle market, this month after employees at Honda's vendors struck and won wage increases. The carmakers, Japan's two largest, both reported disruptions of their Chinese production today because of supplier strikes.