Production-line workers at a Japanese factory which designs and builds robotic production-line workers have abruptly ended their strike action over threatened job losses.
Yoshita Hayaimuka, owner of the Hayaimuka Industrial Precision Manufacturing Concern on the outskirts of Yokohama, has said that the 'inevitable' planned reductions are due, in part, to the rapid mechanisation of huge sections of the factory. Union leaders were reportedly furious, claiming that no-one could have predicted that the automation programme at the plant would affect current employees, but active union membership has 'dwindled rapidly' in recent days.
Middle-managers at the factory are said to be 'cautiously optimistic' about the profits that a new line of 'mindless management droid', being designed by the fresh-faced robotic staff, could bring to the firm. They are, however 'nervous' about the odd clicking and whirring noises that the plant's owner has been making recently.
Mr Hayaimuka is said to have clattered his clawed fist, flashed his eyes furiously and bellowed steam at the 'disobedient attitude of the flesh-bound employees', but apparently calmed down to a maniacal cackle at news of the succesful test run of his new neighbouring factory which creates 'a variety of mechanically recovered meat products', specifically for export to the US market.