Crisis Drives China Labor Protests
The global economic crisis has sparked a series of bankruptcies and factory closures in China’s once prosperous Pearl River Delta region, with angry workers demanding back pay in increasingly visible unrest.
Around 100 workers laid off by a subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Peace Mark Holdings, which owns three factories in Shenzhen, staged a silent sit-in this week at the Lo Wu border crossing that divides the southern city of Shenzhen from Hong Kong, in protest at unpaid wages and severance benefits.
The protest began after 600 workers met at the Tianmeide factory in Shenzhen’s Longhua township to travel to the border crossing into Hong Kong, a Tianmeide worker surnamed Luo said.
“The main target of our protest is the Fulicheng administration company, but we didn’t get a result,” he said.
“There is a lot of anger about this. We just want them [the company], including the government officials, to talk to the workers face to face.”