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Workers at a factory in southern China, which makes shoes for Nike and Adidas, have entered their second week of industrial action in one of the largest labour disputes at a single enterprise in recent history.
According to US based China Labor Watch (CLW) more than 30,000 employees have been on strike since 14 April at the Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) Ltd factory – the world’s largest manufacturer of athletic shoes – in the city of Dongguan.
Despite threats from the factory’s management that staff could be fired if they fail to return to work, workers said industrial action would continue until demands for unpaid social insurance and the right to pick their own union were met.
“Management is being too forceful about workers returning to work, saying that beginning on the 24th, if workers swipe their cards and then leave, they will be punished according to absenteeism rules,” one worker told US based China Labour …