GM Says 400 Workers in India Stage Stoppage During Annual Pay Negotiations

General Motors Co. said about 400 workers staged a stoppage over pay at one of its two factories in India, disrupting production in Asia’s second-fastest growing major economy.

Management is holding talks with workers at the Halol plant in western India, Karl Slym, the managing director for GM’s local unit, said in an e-mailed reply to questions. The factory makes 150 vehicles a day, including the Cruze, Aveo and Tavera.

“The workers have stopped work from the first shift this morning demanding a hike in their wages,” Slym said.

Unions have staged protests to seek higher wages in India as food inflation that has remained above 10 percent since June, 2009, pushes up living costs. Millions of workers joined nationwide strikes over rising prices and job losses in July and September.

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