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The strike ended when Jingyuan Computer Group, owner of the plant, agreed to cut overtime hours monthly

Employees at a plant in southern China, which makes certain components for Apple and IBM, went on strike this week citing a list of complaints including long working hours.

According to China Labor Watch (CLW), a New York-based non-government organization that defends the rights of workers in China, approximately 1,000 workers at the southern China plant went on strike.

The plant is owned by Taiwan's Jingyuan Computer Group, which is a supplier for Apple and IBM. The plant employs about 3,000 workers in the Pearl River Delta.

The workers went on strike due to long working hours (about 100 to 120 hours of overtime monthly), "mass" layoffs of older workers, verbal abuse from managers, and frequent work-related injuries.

Workers on strike even took their protest to a highway in Shenzhen, where they completely blocked it. Police were called to handle the situation.

The strike has since ended, but not because the police showed up. The company agreed to decrease the amount of overtime for the workers, and they agreed to compromise.

Early last year, Apple's parts supplier Foxconn faced scrutiny for its "hellish" working conditions for factory workers in China. Many were committing suicide to escape due to long working hours with brief pauses and little pay.

Source: Yahoo UK & Ireland





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