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Thousands strike at Singapore firm in China

Published on Sep 19, 2012 4:40 PM
This handout picture from China Labor Watch taken and released on Sept 19, 2012, shows workers at a Singapore-owned Flextronics Technology plant in Shanghai standing outside on strike against a plan to move the factory. -- PHOTO: AFP

SHANGHAI (AFP) - Thousands of workers at a Singapore-owned plant in China's commercial hub of Shanghai staged a third day of strikes on Wednesday to demand more severance pay as the factory plans to move, strikers said.

Workers at the Flextronics plant gathered outside from Sunday night to protest after the firm said it would shift output to an existing factory in nearby Suzhou city, participants in the strike said.

Flextronics said the local government had requested the factory move since the entire area would be redeveloped and added it had offered workers severance packages or jobs in Suzhou.

The plant, set up in late 2001, makes printing devices and electronic components, according to Jiading district, where it is located.

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