» 01/05/2007, 00.00
Hundreds of workers protest company beatings
Supervisors of DeCoro company in Shenzhen have been accused to ill treating three employees who refused to accept salary cuts. The police said the five attackers have been arrested. There were disputes between workers and this company already in 2005.
Shenzhen: Italian supervisor beats workers protesting salary cut
The firm's sales director says: "An exaggerated incident. This is not a wage cut but a redistribution of the salary grid". The workers charge: "They are racist. They treat us like slaves."
Jia Qinling: Maintaining order and social stability in Tibet
The Political Consultative Conference is underway, and the National People's Congress meets in two days. The Chinese leader calls for maintaining the "harmonious society," urging that workers not be fired and their pay not be withheld in the face of a deepening economic crisis. Repression of the Tibetans has been approved. Beijing is under tighter police control than it was during the Olympics.
Chinese workers occupy factories, set up road blocks, only way to seek justice
Undefended by trade unions and without any other remedy, workers often block factories and roads around them to get the authorities’ attention. The latter end up forced to mediate with management. Government-controlled trade union is noticeable for its absence. Here is the third part of a report on labour relations in China.
Hunan: 5,000 miners on strike for weeks amid trade unions’ indifference
The authorities want workers to give up severance pay if they want to keep their jobs. In Communist China trade unions are noticeable for their lack of action. Anyone who goes on strike can be arrested. Here is the second part of a report on labour relations in China.
Wave of suicides at Foxconn’s Shenzhen plant: alienating work
The plant had its ninth suicide yesterday. It manufactures Apple components. The company reacts by insisting that it respects workers’ rights and by opening its doors to the press. Many employees complain about an alienating job regimented by military-style discipline.
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