As Chinese New Year is approaching, hundreds of millions of migrant workers are preparing to make the trip home to celebrate with their families. However, around 1,000 workers at the Beijing division of Foxconn, were angry to work overtime ahead of the Chinese New Year because it’s bad and low pay. On Tuesday, they went on strike at the firm’s cafeteria amid a dispute over end-of-year holiday privileges and bonuses. The photos on the internet showed workers were sitting round a table, talking to management, while others showed a large crowd of workers crowded into the factory canteen waiting for an answer.
UPDATE: Foxconn confirmed to TNW in a statement that there weren’t any strike at the factory, it was merely a town hall meeting with numerous employees, and it has made no disruption to its operation:
We can confirm that a recent online report alleging a workplace disruption at our facility in Beijing is without foundation and completely inaccurate. The management team at that campus, together with representatives of the Human Resources department and the Foxconn Labor Union, hosted a town hall meeting on January 22 attended by many of our employees. That meeting, which lasted two hours, was arranged to address employees’ questions on matters relating to salary and bonuses, among other topics. Contrary to the online report, there was no disruption in our operations in that facility.
The welfare of our employees is our top priority and this meeting was part of a regular process that our management carries out to engage with employees, to update them on our company’s developments and to better understand the needs of our employees.
The strike was said to have continued through to midnight as Foxconn was unable to provide a clear answer to the workers’ requests. Reportedly, the Beijing government has reportedly dispatched police to the factory to prevent the incident from spiraling out of control. And it was said to be settled on Wednesday.
The Beijing division located in the Beijing Economic Technological Development Zone, which has been operating since 2002 and employs over 15,000 workers. Meaning there were only portion of workers who are not happy with their salary and end-of-year bonuses.
Two weeks ago, there was a similar dispute at a Foxconn-linked plant in Fengcheng in eastern Jiangxi province, which had over 1,000 workers went on strike over poor pay and poor working condition.
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Source: Sina Tech (Chinese Translated)
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