Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:16 AM
polly7 (13,376 posts)
Angry Workers Hold Bosses Hostage
By Working Class Self Organization
Friday, January 25, 2013
More than 1,000 migrant workers in Shanghai have gone on strike and held 18 managers hostage following a dispute over the introduction of a draconian new disciplinary policy. Four hundred riot police officers attended to the factory in a bid to free the bosses. There are reports of many workers being injured in the subsequent clashes, including several with broken limbs. Following the incident the bosses have withdrawn the new policy, issued an apology for its introduction, and have promised the workers a pay rise…… Direct action gets the goods!
The workers, employed at the Shinmei Electric plant were furious at the new rules and regulations that will mean heavy fines or dismissal, should people be late back from the toilet, and instant dismissal for making one work related mistake. Angry workers besieged the plant in Shanghai for over two days, rounding up the bosses and forcibly locking 18 of them in a room.
To give them a taste of their own medicine the bosses were prevented from using the toilet for the duration of their detention.
The workers claim that there are 49 unfair or unacceptable clauses within the policy that came into force soon after new owners took over the factory. A local newspaper reports that:
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