iPod maker ordered to allow union

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 9:46 am

A Chinese supplier of Apple Computer’s iPod embroiled in a dispute over its labor policies has been told to let its more than 200,000 workers set up a trade union, reports said Friday.

Hongfujin Precision Industry Co. 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 foreign invested companies to allow the state-sanctioned labor groups. Such groups are not industry-wide, but represent workers in a single company or sales outlet. They traditionally have been allied with management.

Source: AP


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