GUANGZHOU, China (Reuters) – Just days after China announced sweeping reforms to revitalize its economy, several hundred striking workers rallied outside a Nokia factory in its wealthiest and most industrialized region shouting: “Protect our rights!”
This flareup over labor benefits in the vast factory belt of Guangdong province underlines the main difficulty in pushing through the reforms – the need to maintain stability while bringing changes in laws, businesses and society.
GUANGZHOU, China (Reuters) – Striking workers at a Nokia factory in southern China on Friday threatened to extend industrial action after the company terminated the contracts of 59 employees for failing to return to work.
Hundreds of employees stopped work on Tuesday, complaining of changes in the wake of Nokia’s sale of its mobile phones business to U.S. software giant Microsoft. The striking workers said they are being forced to sign new contracts with worse terms of employment.
DONGGUAN, China, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Hundreds of workers
massed outside a Nokia factory in southern China on
Wednesday to protest against what they called unfair treatment
following the sale of the company’s mobile phones business to
Lack of trust in employers has often led Chinese workers to
balk at takeovers they fear will worsen employment conditions,
and the confrontation in the industrial city of Dongguan marked
the latest incident in a wave of industrial unrest at Chinese
affiliates of foreign manufacturing firms.
DONGGUAN, China (Reuters) – Hundreds of workers shouted slogans on Wednesday outside a Nokia factory in southern China to protest against what they called unfair compensation after the company sold its mobile telephones business to Microsoft Corp.
Lack of trust in employers has often led Chinese workers to balk at takeovers they fear will harm employment conditions.
(Reuters) – Filipinos from the United States to Asia sought word from loved ones in their homeland and prayed for missing and displaced family after a super typhoon swept through the central Philippines killing an estimated 10,000 people.
In Hong Kong, where some 160,000 Filipinos work, most as domestic helpers, there a sense of helplessness amongst the many thousands from the worst-hit Visayas archipelago amid a widespread communications blackout.
HONG KONG, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Millions of Chinese football fans are hoping Guangzhou Evergrande can become the first Chinese team in 23 years to be crowned Asian Champions on Saturday, potentially giving a boost to the nation’s problem-riddled football system.
The Chinese Super League champions will be taking on South Korea’s FC Seoul in the second and final leg of the AFC Champions’ League – the region’s premier club tournament – in its southern home of Guangzhou, following a 2-2 draw in Seoul.
HONG KONG, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Hong Kong threatened
unspecified economic sanctions on the Philippines on Tuesday
unless substantial progress is made within a month in talks
demanding Manila’s apology and compensation for a hostage
tragedy three years ago.
Hong Kong and the Philippines have close economic ties, with
more than 100,000 Filipino domestic helpers working in the city,
but emotions still run high over the 2010 killing of eight Hong
Kong tourists in Manila by a sacked police officer.
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong threatened on Tuesday to impose unspecified economic sanctions on the Philippines if substantial progress was not made within a month in talks demanding Manila’s apology and compensation for a hostage tragedy three years ago.
Hong Kong and the Philippines have close economic ties, from tourism to more than 100,000 Filipino domestic helpers working in the city, but tension continues over a 2010 incident in which eight Hong Kong tourists were killed in Manila by a sacked police officer.
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (Reuters) – In a room festooned with purple and yellow flowers, Myanmar took a long-coveted role on Thursday as chairman of ASEAN, the regional grouping of Southeast Asia.
But in a country where three-quarters of the population lack access to electricity and basic telephone services are patchy, the job holds as many problems as promise for a semi-civilian government that emerged from 49 years of oppressive military rule two years ago to surprise the world with sweeping reforms.
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (Reuters) – Secretary of State John Kerry assured Asian nations that the United States was committed to resolving a fiscal impasse as some leaders, including Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, expressed anxiety over the lingering U.S. government shutdown and a possible debt default.
In a meeting on the sidelines of an Asian summit in Brunei, Kerry made clear to Li that the U.S. government shutdown, now in its ninth day, and friction over the U.S. budget “is a moment in Washington politics and reaffirmed the President’s commitment to resolving the issue,” a senior State Department official said.