Ricoh Workers Strike in Shenzhen

14:27 Oct 13 2010 Shenzhen China

From China Study Group:

More than a thousand workers at two Ricoh subsidiaries in Shenzhen have stopped work for more than a week as of Friday, according to a single report from the Guangdong News.

The action was sparked by the company’s announcement in early October to merge the two subsidiaries, located in the same industrial park. The workers apparently listed thirty demands to management, including compensation for occupational risk, a 50% increase in the basic wage, restructuring of the companies’ wage system, annual subsidies for return trips during the Spring Festival, etc.

Based on unverified website comments made by posters claiming to be Ricoh workers, nineteen representatives were selected to negotiate with the company a few days after the work stoppage began. After the nineteen signed an agreement with the company to bargain in good faith, the company threatened to fire them unless they pressured other workers to end the stoppage. Posters also complain at the labor officials are working with the company to push workers to end the dispute quickly, and that reporters have been denied entry into the plant.

From CLB:

27 October 2010: Two weeks after 1,300 workers at the Ricoh factory in Shenzhen went out on strike on 13 October 2010, the local government deployed 500 officials and riot police to enter the factory. They threatened to arrest anyone who refused to return to work.
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