Snow Brewery Workers Strike in Dalian

13:38 Jan 5 2012 Dalian

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From Want China Times:

About 1,000 employees of Snow Beer, an affiliate of American-based beer producer Budweiser located in the northeastern Chinese city of Dalian, went on a three-day strike last week, protesting poor wages and benefits, reports the Chinese-language Beijing Business Today.

About 1,000 workers from five factories took part in the protests, which began on Jan. 5. Three gates were blocked by crowds and no products were allowed to be sent out. An unnamed employee told the newspaper that the main reason for the strike was to protest low wages and poor benefits.

"Workers at other factories receive 13 months of salary in one year, but we do not get that treatment," the source said. Budweiser purchased Snow Beer in February 2011. According to the employee, managers at the factory have enjoyed the same wages and benefits paid out at foreign companies while workers are not given any extra benefits from purchases.

Guo Yanhong, general director of Budweiser China, told the newspaper that the protesters have now resumed working. The workers believed incorrectly that they would get better treatment following the acquisition by Budweiser, Guo explained.

"Budweiser was very concerned about this event and dealt with it reasonably. The workers were very satisfied with the result," Guo was quoted by the Beijing Business Today as saying. Guo refused to release any details.

Li Baojun, chairman of business data provider Societ Insights & Decision, said the strike echoed earlier protests at Snow Beer in China's southern city of Hangzhou. "Strikes have become common and knotty issues for the beer industry in China," said Li.


Under the Chinese Liaoning Province Dalian governs Pulandian's heavy snow brewery workers, because the discontented salary treatment struck continuously for three days.

It is reported that the heavy snow brewery after last year is purchased by the Belgian Pak Wai Medicine Co. UK Abundant Beer Company, for a long time neglects worker's request, has not provided the corresponding salary and the overtime pay legally.

On-line micro abundant, the web cam said that worker is mainly discontented to wages and benefits.

This factory nearly thousand staffs from January 5 8:00 am starts the collective to strike, 5 workshops shut down completely, the front door is stopped up, delivers the liquor vehicle being unable turnover.

It is reported that the administrative personnels to negotiate coordinated with the staff, Pulandian official also involved processing.

From RFA:

Authorities in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan sent in hundreds of police to clear away thousands of striking steel-workers outside a state-run factory, as their strike for more pay entered its third day on Friday.

Management at Chengdu's Pangang Steel met with labor representatives at lunchtime, offering them a raise of 300 yuan a month, although workers had demanded an increase of 500 yuan (U.S. $78) a month.

Pangang Steel workers, who sometimes fulfill orders for China's military, typically make around 1,500 yuan (U.S. $237) per month, but were calling for a raise to 2,000 yuan (U.S. $315), rights activists said this week.

Pu Fei, a spokesman for the Sichuan-based Tianwang rights group, said some workers had sent out text messages on Friday evening saying that management were willing to continue negotiations with workers, but that strikers had so far rejected their offers.

Pangang Steel had itself sent out text messages to workers calling on them to return to work, and local authorities had deployed around 1,000 police to the scene on Friday, Pu said.

"The workers continued their reasonable defense of their rights today," Pu said. "The police sent in anti-riot squads to supervise the area."

"Right now, management is offering a very small concession, a raise of just 260 yuan a month. The workers think [this] isn't very large."

"I have heard that more than 1,000 police and riot police have arrived at the scene now."

Tense face-off

A Chengdu resident surnamed Chen said he had tried to drive past the Pangang plant on Friday. "The traffic police had cordoned off the area and the road by the factory gates," he said. "They had sealed off all three intersections, and they were all watched by police."

"They were only letting people out, but they weren't letting them in," Chen said.

He said "thousands" of striking workers were holding up banners that read, "I want a raise," and that they had marched from the factory gates as far as a nearby expressway.

After a face-off lasting several hours, police had moved in to clear the crowds, sparking clashes, he added.

Pu said the strike had been conducted in an orderly manner from the workers' side.

"The workers have been pushing for their legal rights, and they made no acts of aggression towards the police," Pu said.

"There were some police employees who perpetrated malicious revenge, pouring oil on the flames," he added. "They are still at the scene, deliberately causing clashes."

Activists said on Thursday that many people in Sichuan had been spurred on by the concessions won by rebel villagers in the Guangdong village of Wukan last month, following armed clashes over barricades between local residents angry at official corruption and armed police.

Tapped out

Meanwhile, beer-factory workers in the northeastern port city of Dalian also walked out this week in a bid for higher wages, bringing production to a halt.

Workers from the Belgian-owned Snow Brewery, packaging plant, and warehouse operations had all joined in the strike, according to a worker surnamed Huang.

The company was bought last year by Belgium-based Anheuser Busch InBev.

"That's right, [no one is working,]" Huang said. "It's all because the management is unreasonable, or they wouldn't go on strike."

"All the trucks have stopped going out, so they can't deliver any orders," he said.

An employee who answered the phone at the company headquarters said management was still waiting for clear instructions from the parent company regarding the details of employee benefits under the new ownership.

"Our company was sold in March," the employee said. Asked if the strike was about pay and benefits, she replied: "That's right. All I can say is that the stuff that's being reported on the Internet about this is true."

"Right now, the workforce is really in need of help."

Repeated calls to management-level offices went unanswered during office hours on Friday.

An official who answered the phone at the Dalian municipal government complaints office said local officials were already dealing with the matter.

"The relevant government departments are dealing with this," the official said. "I don't know the details."

"The government is very concerned about the people's welfare now this incident has happened, so they will definitely deal with this."

Reported by Grace Kei Lai-see and Lin Jing for RFA's Cantonese service, and by Qiao Long for the Mandarin service. Translated and written in English by Luisetta Mudie.

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