Labour Movement

Escort workers' strike brings chaos to Guangzhou banks

gbtimes Beijing Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 11:48 About 100 workers at Guangzhou Sui Bao Escort & Convoy went on strike on February 11, appealing for better salaries and work security. (Source: Chinanews.com)Some 100 workers at a major Guangzhou-based bank escort company went on strike on February 11, affecting the cash business of many banks in Guangdong's provincial capital.

Worker representatives of strike detained by local officials in Shenzhen

From: China Labor Watch January 13, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  (New York) - After a Korean male manager slapped a female team leader Zhang Shouying at Doo Jung, a Shenzhen factory, on January 11, 2014, hundreds of workers went on strike. Established in 1992, Doo Jung (China) Factory (Chinese name: 观澜斗井(中国)制品厂) is a wholly foreign-owned company invested by Doo June Products Inc. (Korea). Located in Guanlan, Shenzhen, the factory has about 600 employees and it mainly manufactures cosmetic brushes for multinational brand companies including Giorgio Armani, Christina Dior, Chanel, Mary Kay, NARS, Lancome, and L’Oreal.

Who Dumped the Nokia Dongguan Workers?

On 19 November 2013, 3000 workers at a Nokia  factory in southern China went on strike after the company terminated the contracts of 59 employees for failing to return to work. Hundreds of employees stopped work, complaining of changes, in the wake of Nokia's sale of its mobile phones business  to U.S. software  giant Microsoft. The striking workers said they were being forced to sign new contracts with worse terms of employment.

Shenzhen garment workers strike and block road to protest salary arrears.

Workers from Yi Xingshun Garment Company recently went on strike and blocked a road to protest against unpaid wages. Students who had earlier participated in solidarity with secondary school teachers during weeklong strike over pay scales, also joined the workers’ protest. The protest was met with police repression. For further details please see: 深圳制衣工人罷工堵路抗議拖欠薪金 (Chinese only) 湖北广东两地教师罢工 (Chinese only)

Chinese Teachers in Hubei Go on Strike Protesting Low Wages

by Bing on Thursday, January 2, 2014 Beijing Times (weibo) report — The day before yesterday, in Hubei province Huanggang city Luotian county, several hundred teachers refused to hold class, and gathered together in county’s Dongmen stadium, demanding higher wages. The Luotian government said that night that they will carry out the relevant policies as soon as possible, and resolve [the issue of the] teachers’ pay. One teacher from Luotian said, at a little after 10am on the 25th, middle and primary school teachers from Luotian No.2 Middle School, Experimental Middle School, etc. went on strike in succession, one after another gathering in the county’s punblic sports complex where they unfurled banners to demonstrate. Soon afterwards, the entire county and township’s primary and middle school teachers collectively went on strike in support, with a total of five to six hundred teachers involved.

Chinese Nokia workers pledge to continue strike

  By James Pomfret (Reuters)  Striking workers at a Nokia factory in southern China on Friday threatened to extend industrial action after the company terminated the contracts of 59 employees for failing to return to work. Hundreds of employees stopped work on Tuesday, complaining of changes in the wake of Nokia's sale of its mobile phones business to U.S. software giant Microsoft. The striking workers said they are being forced to sign new contracts with worse terms of employment.

Shenzhen ASM workers get pay rise after 22 day strike

After a 22 day strike, the 5,000 workers at a Shenzhen factory run by Dutch semiconductor giant ASM successfully made the management agree to a pay rise of 20%. Although the strikers originally demanded a 3000 RMB pay rise, they have now accepted a much lower offer. This seems to be because the management was able to create division among workers.

5000 Workers of ASM Went on Strike Due to Issue of Compensation

China Labor Net Editorial Note: According to the Apple Daily, the workers elected 16 representatives but the workplace union refused to recognize them. Some workers posted comments and photos on Weibo. One of them shows workers holding a banner calling for the election of the trade union.
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