January 28 2009.

Suzuki Motor Corp. will cut part of regular workers' wages when it suspends car and motorcycle production at five of its domestic plants in February, the first such cut since 1975, company officials said on Monday.

To meet the shrinking demand in the automobile market, Suzuki said earlier this month that it will leave production lines idle for three to eight weekdays at five plants, including those in Sagara and Iwata, both in Shizuoka Prefecture.

The officials declined to give the amount of the wage cuts.

Source: Nikkei Daily.