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Strike at IBM and Apple supplier over conditions

Chinese factory workers at IBM and Apple supplier protest against overtime

Workers in Chinese factories producing consumer electronics and IT have protested about conditions in the past.
Workers in Chinese factories producing consumer electronics and IT have protested about conditions in the past.

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.