Friday, June 24, 2011

Thousands of Chinese workers in the streets to demand better working conditions

More than 4,000 workers at a handbag factory in the district of Panyu in Guangdong province, have three-day strike to demand better working conditions, in an action similar to that carried out days ago by workers at a plant in Dongguan watches. The new crackdown paralyzed tha Korean factory that produces luxury handbags and whose employees require a salary increase.

The workers say they receive a salary of 1,100 yuan per month for 8 hours a day, and those working 12 hours can earn up to 1,900 yuan, but now demand a minimum wage of 1,300 yuan. "The Korean management treats us as though we are humans and we can not contain our anger," said an employee of 26 years, who declined to be identified for fear of reprisals.

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