Happening NOW: 30,000 Chinese workers strike at the world’s largest producer of athletic shoes such as Nike and Adidas over pay, benefits, and the right to choose a union. The strike, China’s largest in decades, has shutdown production for two weeks and caused the company’s stock price to plummet.
Bloomberg News reports:
"Workers have disrupted production in Yue Yuen’s Dongguan factory complex, which employs more than 40,000 people, since April 14 in a dispute over pay, benefits and the right to pick their own union. More than 50 percent of the workers were on strike today, Liu said. China Labour Watch, which estimated the striking workers at about 30,000, said a small number had returned to work, without quantifying it.”
Last week, Shenzhen’s local branch of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU), China’s official union, sent a team to the Yeu Yuen factory to help workers select representatives to negotiate with Yue Yuen management. On April 22, the union published an official statement (shown below) that supports collective negotiation and urges workers to return to work. A number of worker representatives expressed their demands toward Yue Yuen via the union (also pictured below).
On April 22, two labor activists, Zhang Zhiru and Lin Dong, who entered the factory after the strike began to assist workers, were detained by local authorities. As of the publishing of this document, they have not been released.
china’s single legal union does a terrible job at helping workers and spends most of its time trying to get them back to work because it’s part of the party bureaucracy