Up to 3,000 police officers moved in to clear the factory gate on 1 June, which had been blocked by striking workers since 14 May. Some of the 5,000 workers have reportedly returned to work but the majority remains on strike.
The strikers have four basic demands: That employees get a fair share of the proceeds from the restructuring of the enterprise and the sale of assets; that holiday pay and bonuses conform with the provisions of the Labour Law: that wages (especially for front line workers) be increased and that workers get paid annual leave; and that elderly and infirm workers be allowed to retire early on a basic subsistence allowance.
For more information about the harassment, arrest, and detention of worker activists in China, see CLB’s most recent list of imprisoned workers, which is updated every year on 4 June. And for an in-depth account of the Pingdingshan strike, see Bill Schiller's exclusive report in the Toronto Star.