China shoe strike spreads
Fin24.com - Apr 23rd 2014, 11:14
Shanghai - One of China's biggest strikes in years stretched into a second week on Monday and spread from a huge shoe production complex in southern Guangdong province to a facility owned by the same company in the neighbouring Jiangxi province.
Workers at the multi-factory Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings complex in the Guangdong city of Dongguan clocked in on Monday morning, but not for work, continuing a stoppage over what they say have been years of inadequate social insurance and housing provident fund contributions by the company.
In Jiangxi, more than 2 000 workers from a Yue Yuen factory that mainly produces shoes for Adidas AG went on strike on Friday and planned to continue on Monday, the US-based group China Labour Watch said.
"We're continuing the strike," said one worker in Dongguan contacted by telephone.
"We swiped our cards and then went back (home). The other production lines in the same network are striking, too."
The strike began a week ago after the company missed a deadline to address workers' concerns.
Yue Yuen announced changes to employee benefits on Thursday to try to placate the workers and end the strike, but workers rejected these.
Provincial, municipal and township leaders urged Yue Yuen to resolve the workers' demands in accordance with laws and regulations, the government of the town of Gaobu, where the Yue Yuen factory complex is located, said in a statement on Monday. From Fin24.com
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