Labor Disputes Spread in China
The New York Times:
There were fresh reports on Thursday of strikes at foreign-owned factories in at least five other cities. But all of these strikes appeared to have ended quickly as managers, faced with an acute labor shortage, sought to address workers’ demands.
Chinese-owned companies tend not to disclose when strikes have occurred, and it is not clear how many strikes have taken place in recent days at these businesses.
The demands of striking workers have been overwhelmingly economic, mainly for sharp increases in pay. But while there has been no sign of any political demands, the work stoppages have potential political overtones as well.