Thursday, July 27, 2006

McDonalds, et al...abusing Chinese laborors...

From International Herald Tribune:

1,000 workers riot at Chinese factory
Agence France-Presse
Published: July 27, 2006

BEIJING More than 1,000 workers rioted over poor working conditions at a southern China factory that produces toys for McDonald's and other firms, a U.S. labor rights group said Thursday.

The incident began last Saturday when workers at the Hengli Factory in Dongguan, Guangdong Province, protested over meager wages, lack of days off during public holidays and poor living conditions, the New York-based China Labor Watch said.

The protest began in workers' dorms and evolved into a riot that stretched into Sunday, the labor watchdog said in a statement. Many were injured and dozens of workers were arrested, according to China Labor Watch.

An official at the Hong Kong-based Merton, which owns the factory, said there had been an incident but declined to comment on the specific allegations.


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