Strike at IBM and Apple supplier over conditions

Chinese factory workers at IBM and Apple supplier protest against overtime

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Strike at IBM and Apple supplier over conditions Workers in Chinese factories producing consumer electronics and IT have protested about conditions in the past. (Getty Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  November 26, 2011

Around 1,000 workers staged a one-day strike at an Apple and IBM supplier factory last week.

The workers at the Jingmo Electronics Corporation (JEC) in Shenzen, held the strike in protect at being made to work over time at night, the Register reports.

Employees had been asked to work from 6pm to midnight in addition to their usual day shifts, according to China Labour Watch (CLW), so that the factory could avoid introducing weekend shifts that they would have to pay double time for.

CLW said that workers commonly worked 100 to 200 hours of overtime each month, and were also protesting a high rate of workplace injuries, mass layoffs of older staff,lack of benefits and abuse by bosses.

Riot police broke up the strike, which took place on 22nd November, but the factory is reported to have agreed to cut the average overtime hours and to introduce a Saturday shift to meet demand.

2488 days ago
Wolfgang Vondracek

There are two sides to each story but this maybe a good time for international companies to rethink their strategy for outsourcing and bring some of that business back home to help the local environment. Maybe employees in Europe or America would love to work long hours instead of doing nothing. Even the Governments could help and provide incentives for those companies instead of having to pay unemployment. There are probably other aspects involved as well but the Western World needs to start producing in their own backyard again if they ever wish to get out of the mess they are in right now. Now country can function on office staff and management only somebody needs to do the work and really create something!!!

2489 days ago
Vinod Mehra

Trouble with labour . the connected world will continue to provides encouragement and visibility to any dissent in the white of blue collar work environment.

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