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Why China’s Factory Workers are Slowly Winning their Battle for Stronger Labour Rights

Posted June 01, 2015

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Agence France-Presse)

As workers gathered around a table in a cheap restaurant to discuss strike action against their shoe factory bosses, Chinese police barged in and dragged away their leaders.

More than 2,000 employees at the plant, which counts foreign brands including Coach among its customers, according to workers, had downed tools, camping out on brightly coloured mats to demand unpaid benefits.

“They burst through the door and told us not to move,” a woman worker said. Several said police had beaten them and one woman wore a large bandage covering injuries on her back.

The organisers were held for less than a day, but the walkout by the whole staff paralysed production last month and weeks later the workers claimed victory. Click here to read more.