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Monday, December 20, 2004

Blogging like tigers

Striking workers in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, who make mobile phones to supply Walmart, are blogging their strike (here, via Rebecca MacKinnon). Unfortunately I can't read Chinese, but they have linked to some articles in English. This from an NYT piece on the dispute:

All the women interviewed seemed determined to press their demands, the most important of which, they said, were shorter work hours and enforcement of minimum-wage laws.

Asked if they were afraid of losing their jobs, they scoffed at the idea, saying workers were in short supply in Shenzhen's vast manufacturing zone.

"If we were men, there would have been a strike a long time ago," one woman said. "Women are easier to bully, but we have hearts of steel."

For an overview of workers' struggles in China, written by a Korean friend, look here.


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