Nokia employees at the Dongguan factory in China go on strike over Microsoft deal (Updated)
Update: More info has come forward, reported below
The Nokia and Microsoft deal is going well so far, with shareholders now also on board. However, it appears that not everyone approves the acquisition as some of Nokia's China workforce have gone on strike.
According to reports, hundreds of workers at a Chinese Nokia factory located in Dongguan, Guangdong Province have on strike. As shown in the above photo, they're holding up a large banner in protest, which reads "Workers are not simple merchandise, assets or slaves. Please do not sell us. We have DIGNITY and RIGHTS!"
This is actually not, or at least not directly, against the Microsoft deal. As part of the acquisition, Nokia factories will be transferred to Microsoft. It's believed colleagues in a Vietnam factory received financial compensation for their change of employment, and the Chinese workers are now protesting for the same treatment.
Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop
However, alternative sources speculate that the workers may be on strike because Nokia's factory in Dongguan has been temporarily put on hold, and workers are not satisfied with the overly reduced salary during this furlough period.
The news and pictures were published on Chinese social media website Sina Weibo by an employee at the Dongguan factory. Interestingly, the poster himself never said what exactly they are striking for, merely asking people to spread the word, and reposting news reports about this incident (with whatever speculation).
So far, neither side has backed down. The factory has issued formal warning to a long list of striking workers.
Update 12 PM ET: A source close to the situation has noted that no jobs have been lost through the Nokia / Microsoft deal. In addition, workers in Vietnam have not received any form of financial compensation, nor has their employment changed. Likewise, the factory in Guangdong Province is still operational. This seems to be a coordinated effort by some workers to take advantage of the change of employers and not necessarily a revolt of workers as portrayed in social media.
Sources: Sina Weibo (opens in new tab), WPDang, iFeng (opens in new tab)
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By Jez Corden
Not like 3million of us need to go though...
Deves ser do Benfica...
And perhaps you should try and go beyond the veil. For you see, if you go to Cuba, your impression is also that they are happy and satisfied and their conditions aren't as deplorable as that. But then you sneak behind the veil. And you see the "wonders" of socialism at work.
Don't be deluded. The "plant manager" isn't on the same level as the people in the assembly lines. Yes, their salaries is increasing. But it still forces them to a miserable life with no rights or expectations of going beyond their social status. As for comparisons to US wages...I don't know how much factory employees make in America. Because honestly, I don't think I can name a single product that is produced IN America. However, I'm not American, as I've said.
A lot of employers are greedy and will milk every last drop out of an employee if they can get away with it. If it wasn't illegal they would demand longer hours for the same, or less, pay. Saying "don't like it? you are free to go, otherwise shut up and get back to work" is bascially saying "like it or lump it" and doesn't give any compromise when things are unfair. e.g. "I've decided you now have to work 18 hours a day for the same pay", "I don't agree", "Don't like it? You'll lose your job and your house". Yeah... poor employer. If it wasn't for people standing up to unfair treatment and conditions, then we'd all be working 18 hour days for $2/hour.
A) visit only major cities? B) only have contact with management? C) not have any contact with workers on average wages? Why I'm asking, is because all of your comments suggest the answer, is 'yes' to all three mate. Also, I find your comments a bit hypocritical asking others to show sources to back up their comments. Although, you haven't backed up any of your own comments with sources?
Karma's a b*tch. (and to see people on strike in communist China...that's not easy)