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Chinese Striking in Japanese Plant- Bye Bye China, Hello India

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 21, 2010

Lately the Chinese have been striking for higher wages. It is amazing that a country with 1.3 billion people has now increased its wages to be equal to that of places like Vietnam. The sad thing is that in China life is cheap, super cheap, but the rich keep getting richer, and the poor want to realize part of that dream as well, so they ask for more. This is logical, the issue will be how much foreign companies want to pay these low skill laborers. Looks to me like India is a very compelling option.

“GUANGZHOU – Workers went on strike Wednesday at a south China factory owned by Japanese firm Omron which supplies Honda, Toyota vehicles with electronic components, demanding for higher pays, local sources said. An undetermined number of workers of Omron (Guangzhou) Automobile Electronics Co. ltd, walked off from work in their factory located in southern Chinese city of Guangzhou to press the company to raise their monthly salary from 1,300 yuan (about US$191) to 1,800 yuan.

The company management is negotiating with the workers, according to the sources.

2 Responses to “Chinese Striking in Japanese Plant- Bye Bye China, Hello India”

  1. india is too expensive already, some south east asian countries are becoming an option and some chinese companies are setting up factories in the US as labour is cheaper there too!

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