Workers at Apple supplier strike for holiday bonus

On September 9, the first business day after Mid-Autumn Festival, more than 10.000 workers from the Apple supplier factory Dongguan Masstop in Guangdong Province carried out a work stoppage, according to Beijing News. The workers demanded a holiday bonus of 600 RMB ($97.8) per person. By 5:30 pm, 80% of the workers had returned to work, according to an announcement from local government officials.

Workers at Apple supplier strike for holiday bonus

On September 9, the first business day after Mid-Autumn Festival, more than 10 thousand workers from the Apple supplier factory Dongguan Masstop in Guangdong Province carried out a work stoppage, according to Beijing News. The workers demanded a holiday bonus of 600 RMB ($97.8) per person. By 5:30 pm, 80% of the workers had returned to work, according to an announcement from local government officials.

Masstop announced on September 5 that the holiday bonus for Mid-Autumn Festival would be reduced from half of workers’ base wage to 100 RMB ($16.3), leading to worker dissatisfaction. In past years, Masstop workers with at least one year of seniority received a 600 RMB ($97.8) holiday bonus for each of three holidays, including the Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, and Spring Festival.

On the morning of September 9, workers went on strike, hundreds of whom demonstrated in the streets near the factory, causing a heavy traffic jam. Hundreds of policemen came to suppress the protest and more than 10 workers were arrested. At 11:30 am, the local government organized negotiations between the factory and workers. The factory’s representative explained that the reduction of the holiday bonus was a result of the factory’s financial problems.

Wintek
Established in 1995, Dongguan Masstop is a subsidiary of Wintek Corporation, a Taiwan-based company founded in 1990. The factory produces touch panels and LCDs. In 2009, Apple workers at this plant went on strike over a cut in their benefits and wages. In 2011, hundreds of workers at a Wintek factory in Suzhou were poisoned by the use of a chemical used in the making iPhones screens.

Masstop once had more than 20 thousand workers. But as orders decreased, the number of workers reduced to around 10 thousand and 80% of Masstop’s workers are temporary workers.

Source: China Labor Watch