21 April 2019

Strike grinds giant shoe factory to a halt, FT says

A labour dispute in Dongguan, Guangdong province, has forced a halt to production at the world’s biggest sports shoe manufacturer, which supplies Nike and Adidas, the Financial Times reported Tuesday.

George Liu, executive director at Hong Kong-listed Yue Yuen Industrial, said 40,000 workers had to stop work after protesters disrupted efforts to restart production at one complex, according to the report.

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that workers began protesting last week over social insurance back payments, which the company has since agreed to cover. 

“The problem is that many of these workers may not want to top up their mandated co-contributions because they are migrants who will return to their home towns at some point,” the Journal report said.

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