Honda workers to take more days off

Honda has announced that its employees will be taking 14 extra days off in the coming three months as a shortage of auto parts following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan forced the manufacturer to cut production volume.

Workers will be taking an additional day off in June, 10 in July and three in August,Honda said, adding that they will make up for those days in the latter half of the fiscal year.

The company will halt all operations at its car plants in Saitama and Suzuka, as well as part of the production at its Hamamatsu motorcycle facility, for the 14 days.

In a separate message to employees and their union, Honda said that workers may be required to take extra days off in coming months if the component supply crisis continues, according to spokesman Keitaro Yamamoto.

Factories in north eastern Japan were destroyed in the March 11 disasters, forcing Japanese firms, including Honda, to cut production volumes.

Honda said it does not expect to resume normal production until late this year.

Japanese manufacturers have already decided to work weekends and take Thursday and Friday off in July, August and September, which are peak months for electricity use in Japan, to avoid blackouts stemming from expected power shortages.

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