1,000-plus staff strike at Citizen’s plant in China

SHANGHAI (AFP) – More than 1,000 workers have staged a week-long strike at a Japanese watch factory in southern China, claiming bosses are docking pay for taking rest breaks, a striker and state media said on Monday.

Strikes in China are relatively rare, as the country lacks truly independent trade unions, but labour unrest appears to be on the rise.

Workers at a factory funded by Japanese watchmaker Citizen Holdings in the southern province of Guangdong also said the company had failed to make social security payments, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

A striking worker reached by phone at the factory told AFP that management was deducting 40 minutes a day from employees’ timecards for rest breaks, though they were entitled to that time.


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