Activism on the rise in 'world's workshop'

May 28, 2015

Activism on the rise in 'world's workshop'

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 ...

Chinese workers emboldened by strikes

Apr 7, 2015

Chinese workers emboldened by strikes

by Didi Tang

Timid by nature, Shi Jieying took a risk last month and joined fellow workers in a strike at her handbag factory, one of a surging number of such labor protests across China. Riot police flooded into the factory compound, broke up the strike and ...

Apr 4, 2015

Unions at 90% of small firms win average ¥1,900 monthly pay hike

About 90 percent of labor unions at small and midsize manufacturers won pay scale increases in this year’s shunto spring wage negotiations, an umbrella organization said. Of the 132 labor unions that received responses from management to their wage increase requests, 118 unions, or ...

Mar 19, 2015

Police called as Copenhagen protest grounds Ryanair plane

A Ryanair pilot on Wednesday called Danish police as demonstrators kept the budget airline’s first flight from Copenhagen grounded for three hours amid a dispute with staff unions over wages and working conditions. “The Ryanair pilot has asked for police to be called to ...

Mar 10, 2015

Japanese electronics makers eye pay scale hike of ¥2,000 to ¥3,000

Six major Japanese electronics makers are planning to propose pay scale hikes of ¥2,000 to ¥3,000 a month in the ongoing “shunto” annual labor-management negotiations, against ¥6,000 as demanded by their unions, it was learned Monday. The six are Hitachi Ltd., Toshiba Corp., Mitsubishi ...

Jan 31, 2015

Japanese workers average 16 hours of unpaid overtime a month

About 40 percent of Japanese workers put in unpaid overtime and their uncompensated overtime adds up to 16 hours a month on average, a labor union survey shows. The survey by the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo) also found that around 40 percent of ...