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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:31 PM
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Strikes in China hit Toyota, Honda suppliers
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37865751/ns/world_news-asia... /


updated 6/23/2010 3:57:14 AM ET

GUANGZHOU, China A strike at a Japanese car parts supplier in southern China forced Toyota Motor Corp to suspend production at a Chinese auto assembly plant, the latest in a string of labor-related disruptions at foreign-owned manufacturers across the country.

Work at the Toyota factory, which has an annual capacity of 360,000 units and makes models such as the Camry and Yaris, had been suspended since Tuesday morning, Toyota spokeswoman Ririko Takeuchi said.

The car parts supplier, Denso (Guangzhou Nansha) Co Ltd, is owned by Japan's Denso Corp, and is affiliated with Toyota Motor Corp.
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sufrommich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:33 PM
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1. I'm encouraged that the chinese are striking for better wages.
Hopefully working conditions will be next.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 12:44 PM
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2. I heard about the labor strikes in China and was amazed at how little
Edited on Wed Jun-30-10 12:50 PM by BrklynLiberal
they are paid...11 hours a day..7 days a week..no time off at all..and earn less than $1.00 per hour.
There has been a rash a suicides among the workers...and that is part of the reason that so much attention is being paid to the situation....finally.

Was very disappointed to find out that some of these laborers are the workforce that is putting together the parts for iPhones and iPads...
shame on you Steve Jobs.
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http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/01/18/apples_ip...

More than 2,000 workers at a Wintek Corp. factory in Suzhou, China, have gone on strike and destroyed equipment at their factory, potentially straining the supply of parts for Apple's iPhone.

According to China Daily, factory workers last week damaged equipment and vehicles in response to a number of alleged deaths from overexposure to toxic chemicals. Employees said they did not accept the local government's investigation into the matter. Bloomberg reported that the factory is a component supplier for the iPhone.

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"What we feel angry about is the company authorities' apathy to our workers' health," said a worker named Zhu. He also added that employees have been overworked and underpaid.

Employees said there was a strong smell at the factory that they believe caused the deaths of four workers. One man, Li Liang, was found to have died of congenital heart disease -- a diagnosis his co-workers do not believe.

The employees believe the deaths are attributed to an overexposure to hexane, a toxic chemical used to clean touchscreen panels at the factory. Hexane can cause nervous system failure in humans.

Apple's overseas manufacturing partners have been the subject of much scrutiny over the years. Last July, an audit of Apple's partners in mainland China found that 45 of 83 factories that built iPhones and iPods in 2008 weren't paying valid overtime rates for those workers that qualified. In addition, 23 of those factories weren't even paying some of their workers China's minimum wage.

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