Now Nanjing plant hit as workers walk out in protest at bonuses

Thousands of workers have gone on strike at a factory in Nanjing owned by the South Korean conglomerate LG Group, a campaign group said, as a wave of labor unrest hits China.

Around 8,000 workers at the plant walked off the job, saying South Korean employees were given higher year-end bonuses, New York-based China Labor Watch said yesterday.

Tens of thousands of workers across the country have gone on strike since November to protest at low salaries, wage cuts and poor conditions as companies cut back amid the global economic slowdown.

The latest strike began on Monday and has been largely peaceful, though workers overturned furniture in the factory canteen, the rights group said.

Officials at the Nanjing factory, which makes screens for electronic products, declined to comment.

An official at the government-run development zone in Jiangsu where the plant is located confirmed the strike was on-going. “The plant has not resumed normal operations yet, but the outlook is optimistic,” she said. Zone management is mediating.

LG has offered two months’ salary, instead of the previous one month, as a bonus. Workers, however, claim South Korean employees receive six months.

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