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China workers contracted by Uniqlo strike over plant closure

More than 300 Chinese workers at factory supplying Uniqlo on strike over plant closure

China workers contracted by Uniqlo strike over plant closure

BEIJING (AP) -- More than 300 Chinese workers at a garment factory that supplies international brands such as Uniqlo have been protesting for about two weeks what they say is a unilateral decision by the management to close down.

The strike is one of more than 1,000 collective actions since January by Chinese workers, who are increasingly turning to group actions in fighting for their rights.

Workers at Shenzhen Artigas Clothing & Leatherware said the management is forcing them to move to another factory and they demand a proper negotiation for the relocation.

Officials at Lever Style Limited, which manages Artigas, have refused to comment, while Uniqlo Co., Ltd. has issued a statement urging for a peaceful resolution.

The Japanese retailer said it could terminate its contract with the supplier if the matter is unresolved.

"We are concerned by the reported strike, and have urged Lever Style Limited to undertake thorough discussions with the workers, for a peaceful resolution," said the Uniqlo statement.

Workers said the management is yet to agree to a group negotiation. They said they would like to receive proper payouts, including back payments for social security, overtime work, and unused holidays, before they would sign new contracts to work in the new location, which is 20 minutes away by public transportation.

Updated : 2021-05-14 03:20 GMT+08:00