shoe factory workers have been in strike since
middle of April and local government sent armoured
vehicles to arrest the strike leaders and force
the rest to go back to work.
Chinese government in Dongwan, Guangdong Province, also
known as China's porn capital, sent military cops and police
dogs to force the workers back to workshops working for a
blood-sucking Taiwan businessman who broke Chinese laws
by failing to pay for workers' social security.
The fact that tens of thousands of workers are facing a
grim prospect after leaving their job was revealed recently
when a long-term employee reached her retirement age but
found she would not be able to receive retirement pension.
The Taiwan shoe factory owner, like vast majority of Taiwan
business people and other investors from outside the mainland
China, have a whole range of exemptions that the local business
are not entitled to. Such privileges were secreted granted
to non-mainland Chinese businesses, especially the multinationals,
by the governments in Guangdong, a province largely controlled
by the greedy family of late Ye Jianying (叶剑英), a notorious
playboy and political schemer, and Wang Yang （汪洋）, one of
the most unpopular public figures in China.
After ten days of struggle between the workers and a government-backed
Taiwan business tycoon, the strike ended without achieving
its objective, and the shoe makers have to keep making shoes
at a slave wage without any basic benefits through the May
Day, workers' festival.
The above is the copy of an open letter addressed to the
workers in strike by the government-sponsored Dongwan Worker's
Union. In the letter the union warns the workers: If
you continue to strike, you may violate security laws and
regulations and could be prosecuted.
A well-kwon Chinese weibo ID commented: "You can understand
today's China from the following three pictures."
The three pictures referred by his post are (from the left to right): 1) A scene
of police cracking down workers' strike; 2) A scene of rehearsal for a program
to celebrate May Day; 3) A letter of threat to workers issued by worker's union.
Another weibo ID noted: "Workers were escorted to factory,
are they prisoners?"
Are they? Forced labourers?
Happy May Day, Guangdong factory workers!