6,000 employees of the Singaporean electronics powerhouse Flextronics walked out of the company’s plant in Shanghai’s Jiading district Monday to protest plans to move the factory to Suzhou.
Independent non-profit China Labour Watch gives us the background to the strike:
Recently, Flextronics decided to move its factory in Jiading to the Wuzhong District of Suzhou. The company didn’t first discuss the move with workers and later told the workers that if they did not move to Suzhou with the factory, then they would be choosing to resign without severance pay.
The striking workers are demanding that the factory pay a penalty for severing a labor contract with each worker and give the workers a moving allowance. In addition, workers have demanded that the local government provide them with a subsidy.
Workers at Flextronics Shanghai typically work 10 hours per day, 6 days per week, with a monthly income of 2,300 RMB. But workers in the Suzhou Wuzhong factory of Flextronics have much worse conditions. Based on investigations carried out by China Labor Watch in 2011 and 2012, workers at Flextronics’ Wuzhong factory work up to 100 hours of overtime per month, only earning 2,200 RMB. By moving its factory, Flextronics is almost certainly trying to take advantage of the lower labor standards in Suzhou.
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