Summaries and links to news reports of workers' struggles around China during July up to the 23rd. I've been posting to a Twitter feed as I find stories: http://twitter.com/spartacusnews. I can't continue with it or these summaries for a few months, but it's possible someone else will take over some of it for a while.
Atsumitec Workers Get Pay Raise - http://libcom.org/news/atsumitec-workers-get-pay-raise-22072010 about 17 hours ago
Strike shuts Chinese Honda plants - http://libcom.org/news/strike-shuts-chinese-honda-plants-27052010 17 July 2010 22:49:32
China: Unrest spreads as Honda workers keep striking - http://bit.ly/9LCIKa 17 July 2010 22:49:00
Yet another strike has broken out at a south China factory supplying parts for Japan's Honda Motor Co., the latest in a string of stoppages by Chinese workers demanding a bigger piece of the country's economic wealth. This article also includes a round-up of recent strikes in China.
The strike, at Atsumitec Co. in the city of Foshan, began on Monday, with about 90 of the plant's 200 workers stopping work to demand a nearly 60 percent pay increase, said a worker who declined to be identified. On Wednesday, nearly all of the remaining Chinese employees joined the stoppage in response to a threat from factory management to fire the strikers, the worker added.
More than 1,000 people threw rocks at police and blocked roads in southern China in protest at pollution from a plant owned by one of the country's largest private aluminium producers, state media said on Thursday.
The Chinese government has become increasingly worried about rising public anger at environmental problems, especially pollution.
The official China Daily said that in the latest incident, more than 1,000 villagers in Jingxi county, in Guangxi near the border with Vietnam, took to the streets on Tuesday to protest against the Shandong Xinfa Aluminum and Power Group plant.
Villagers in China’s southeastern Jiangxi Province, upset over police brutality, relocation and corrupt local officials, have staged a large-scale, violent protest.
Thousands of enraged citizens armed with bricks and stones, smashed town hall windows and overturned police cars in response to police beating two women petitioners into a coma. The women were part of a group protesting forced relocation.
Honda Motor Co. workers at an assembly plant in Guangzhou, China, walked out on July 7 and July 8, causing the Japanese carmaker’s production in China to be disrupted for at least the fourth time since May.
Some of the approximately 1,000 employees at Honda’s joint-venture factory in the city stopped work because they were dissatisfied with working conditions, said Yoshiyuki Kuroda, a Tokyo-based spokesman for the carmaker. They returned after reaching an agreement with management, and the plant is now operating normally, he said, declining to disclose details of the agreement.
Summaries and links to news reports of workers' struggles around China during June. I now have a Twitter feed where I will be posting the stories I find, so if you don't want to wait until the end of the month to read them or would like to write up some of these for libcom news when they happen , please follow it: http://twitter.com/spartacusnews .
This month the strike wave that started in May has continued, as has the governments relatively hands-off, even supprtive approach, and the western media's confused approach. Some think it's a good thing as it will help China switch to a domestically orientated economy, saving the world economy and magically bringing democracy to China a la Solidarinosc.
Production at the Tianjin Mitsumi Electric Co. factory in North China has been crippled by strike action by workers.
The Japanese-owned plant employs 3,000 workers, and production was completely halted earlier this week. The workers, many of whom are economic migrants from rural China, hung banners on the factory gates reading "Human traffickers are not welcome", "We want fair treatment", and "We want a pay rise."
Strikes at Honda’s transmission and exhaust system plants in the southern Chinese city of Foshan that won significant pay rises, and ongoing industrial action by Honda Lock workers in Zhongshan, have been followed by strike action in other parts of the country. Workers are demanding higher wages, better conditions, and secure jobs in cities including Shanghai, Zhuhai and Xian, in both foreign- and state-owned enterprises.
The Honda Lock strike, involving 1,700 workers, appears to be intensifying, with employees yesterday morning rallying outside the factory before staging a short protest march, in defiance of black-clad riot police. Police left without clashing with workers.
Police deployed tear gas to dispel protesters, arresting dozens and injuring several people in Taiyun City, in China's Shanxi Province. The violent protests allegedly errupted over confiscated properties amid government corruption.
Residents of Di Village in Taiyuan City say that Ma Jincai, the local Communist Party chief and head of their village, is corrupt, and although they often report problems to higher departments, authorities take no action to resolved any issues.