Thousands of Eyeglasses Factory Workers Strike in Shenzhen, China
Several thousand workers employed at a factory producing eyeglasses in the Huanggekeng area of Shenzhen, in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, launched a strike yesterday, demonstrating outside of the facility. The workers launched the strike to protest what they claim was an unfair compensation package offered by their employer for a plan to relocate the factory to the Pingdi area of the city, about seven miles away from the current site. The factory is a wholly owned subsidiary of a Hong Kong-based optical products company that employs a total of about 6,000 workers. Thousands of workers employed at the factory launched a previous strike in March to protest over their pay and benefits.
China suffers from an Elevated threat of man-made disruptions such as strikes, and workers employed at factories in the country regularly carry out labor actions. The recent strike represents a relatively major incident, involving a significant number of participating workers. Last year, only six percent of all factory strikes in China involved more than 1,000 participants. The southern province of Guangdong, home to some of the country’s largest industrial areas, usually sees the largest number of labor strikes in the country annually.