Cooper Chengshan workers end strike
It appears the strike at the Cooper Chengshan factory in China is over, and the 5,000 workers are back at their jobs and producing tyres. Details of how the strike was resolved are not yet known.
The workers in the joint-venture plant in Rongcheng downed tools in July to protest Cooper Tire & Rubber’s acquisition by India’s Apollo Tyres. Plant union representatives stressed that the strike was not motivated by the idea of an acquisition itself or attempts to improve wages; instead, Liang Litang, head of the plant’s labour union, stated that the workers objected to being owned by Apollo. His comments to media include stating that Apollo’s leadership “lacks capability and is full of liabilities” and that Cooper Chengshan is “the biggest and best plant among Cooper’s eight plants around the world” and the workers don’t want to risk their profits” in a mixture of three countries’ cultures.”
The Cooper Chengshan plant has the capacity to produce 15 million tyres a year, including 5 million truck and bus radials, 8 million passenger car radials and 2 million cross-ply tyres. The plant produces a number of Cooper house brands, including Starfire, Austone, Fortune, Roadmaster and Dean.