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June 24, 2014

June 2014

About 700 workers at Foxconn Technology Group went on a three-day strike at its Chongqing factory. Media reported that the manufacturer had planned to end its assembly line for laptops due to declining orders in August and started to lay off workers or transfer them to other job positions. Workers protested because the company's original compensation plan reportedly excluded necessary subsidies for sacking junior-level workers. The strike ended with Foxconn agreeing to provide compensation for all workers in line with the law.

March 2014

Hundreds of workers at an International Business Machines Corp factory in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, went on strike over wage cut concerns as the company prepared to transfer the computer-server factory to Chinese personal-computer maker Lenovo Group Ltd. The striking workers protested against the terms of their potential transfer to Lenovo, including their severance package if they decided to leave after the deal. Lenovo said in January it would buy one of the server businesses of IBM for $2.3 billion.

November 2013

More than 1,000 employees at a Nokia factory in Dongguan, Guangdong province, went on strike in November 2013, concerned that their wages and benefits would be cut after Nokia sold its mobile business to Microsoft. About 32,000 Nokia employees will join Microsoft, including staff from the Dongguan factory, which was founded in 1995 as Nokia's major production base for mobile devices. They were worried they would be forced to sign new contracts under unfavorable terms, agreeing to lower salaries and fewer days of paid leave.

August 2012

Employees from Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc's offices in Nanjing and Beijing protested against a decision by the company's owner, Google Inc, to reduce the workforce by 20 percent in August 2011. Google, which took charge of the cellphone manufacturer in 2011 for $12.5 billion, earlier announced a downsizing plan to slash 4,000 jobs globally. Chinese media had reported that more than 1,000 staff could be cut from the company's Beijing and Nanjing research and development sites.

(China Daily06/25/2014 page1)

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Source: China Daily: Hong Kong Edition