Hundreds of laid-off staff gathered outside the Hi-P International factory, seeking improved information and personal terms. Some of the conditions are pretty shocking.
“Sometimes, they ask us to work 18 or 19 hours in a day. Sometimes the overtime is even longer than a normal 8-hour work day,”
The protest was overlooked by police, but there was no intervention. Hi-P have factories in five other Chinese cities, including Suzhou.
There has been a steady increase in the number of protests at factories, and this will no doubt mean that large tech companies, Apple included, will be feeling the squeeze in terms of production.