China labor activist held over online "disturbance"




 
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China labor activist held over online "disturbance"
 
April 29th, 2014  
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China labor activist held over online "disturbance"
By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police have placed a labor activist under criminal detention, formally accusing him of causing a disturbance after they said he distributed information online about a factory strike, his manager and father said on Tuesday. The move is the latest sign that authorities in China have been shaken by recent labor unrest such as a 2-week strike by workers at Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings, a $5.6 billion manufacturer of footwear for Nike Inc, Adidas AG and other international brands. In what activists say was one of China's biggest labor protests since market reforms began in the late 1970s, Yue Yuen workers went on strike in the southern city of Dongguan on April 14, to protest against what they said were chronically low company contributions to social insurance and housing provident fund accounts. Yue Yuen said on Friday that more than 80 percent of its 40,000-strong workforce had returned to work.




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