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Chinese Honda Factory Workers

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China's factory model over the last 20 years-of grueling hours, seven-day workweeks, below-subsistence wages, prison-like discipline, primitive living conditions and zero rights-may be cracking. The All China Federation of Trade Unions is now openly being discussed as a shill for the government. A very knowledgeable activist in China told us that the strike at Honda is "an event of historic proportions!"

"This strike is not a pure struggle over money, but also involves demands to reform the workers' union. It reflects the fact that the struggle of China's working class (made up of mostly migrant laborers) has developed to the stage where workers are demanding organization. We are closely monitoring the development and aftermath of this situation. The Honda strike has huge significance for China's workers. Many Chinese workers are closely following this strike."

 

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