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HONG KONG (Kyodo) All 17,000 workers at a factory of Japan-based wireless manufacturer Uniden Corp. in Shenzhen, southern China, have been on strike over working conditions and their right to unionize, Hong Kong newspapers reported Thursday.

Employees of Uniden Electronic Products (Shenzhen) Co. in Fuyong went on strike Monday after some colleagues were let go, the Chinese-language Apple Daily said.

A Uniden senior manager who identified himself only as Yasuhiro said the strike has been called off after mediation with the workers through the Shenzhen government.

“Our staff will resume work tomorrow after today, which is a day off,” he said.

He said the company has promised that a union will be established in July.

The workers said the work stoppage is unrelated to a recent string of anti-Japan protests in China.

More than 100 riot police have been dispatched to the factory in case more radical actions are triggered amid escalating anti-Japan sentiment throughout the country, according to the English-language South China Morning Post.

Employees were quoted by the Post as saying they were working 11-hour days for just 480 yuan (around $58) a month.

Incidental strikes were staged at the plant in December over harsh working conditions and a plan to set up a union, the Apple Daily said.

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