“The Chinese government has ordered a Chinese supplier of Apple’s iPod to let its more than 200,000 workers set up a trade union, reports said Friday,” Elaine Kurtenbach reports for The Associated Press.
Kurtenbach reports, “Hongfujin Precision Industry Co., embroiled in a debate over its labor practices, is on a list of companies in the southern city of Shenzhen that have been ordered to set up such a union, which would be affiliated to the government’s All-China Federation of Trade Unions, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.”
“China does not allow independent labor organizing, but in recent years it has been pushing companies with foreign investors to allow the state-sanctioned labor groups. They traditionally have been allied with management,” Kurtenbach reports. “Many foreign companies have already allowed such unions to be set up in their China operations.”
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A state-sanctioned Chinese union? Is that anything like an Irish enchilada or is it closer to Fijian snowshoes?
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