The Electric Commentary

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Now this is a strike I can sympathize with.

From Marginal Revolution:

The main cause for the riot was the limitation [sic] on working hours at the factory. The shorter hours have been requested by US companies so as to avoid criticism from various groups on long working hours. However, the mainly migrant workforce want to work longer hours so they can earn more [emphasis added]. Consensus had been reached by the US companies, the Taiwanese-invested factory and local government that the maximum working hours per week should be set at 60 hours [which is still a breach of Chinese Labour Law, but less than other manufacturing plants]. However, this reduction in hours was unsatisfactory for the workers and the resulting riot was serious [emphasis added].

Read the whole thing.

2 Comments:

  • does this make taiwan the anti-france?

    By Blogger ahren, at 12:48 PM  

  • Heh.

    I believe it does. The Anti-Europe really. No wonder they're so popular for outsourcing, that's some impressive drive.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 12:58 PM  

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