Affrontement à Suzhou 苏州 dans le Jiangsu en Chine – Janvier 2010

Riot Police and Strikers Clash in Suzhou, China


In mainland China’s Suzhou City thousands of workers held a strike that escalated into a riot on Friday.

Employees of the factory—owned by Taiwan-based Wintek Corporation—were protesting poor working conditions, like exposure to toxic chemicals, which caused several deaths. The company makes touch screens for Apple as well as other liquid crystal displays.

A former employee, Mr. Song, told the Epoch Times they are expected to work about 10 to 12 hours a day, seven days a week using toxic materials without proper protection.

Local officials said the employees protested because of unpaid wages.

Company leaders threatened not pay the workers any bonuses if they continued to protest. When the workers responded with more anger, about 300 riot police arrived dispersing the crowd and beating people.

Several police and protesters were injured and taken to hospitals.

The crowd dispersed around noon, and the company closed for the afternoon.

Wintek Factory Workers Protest Over Working Conditions

January 19th, 2010

Workers at a Wintek factory in Taiwan that makes touch screens for Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch went on strike and started a violent protest last Friday over work-related issues. Employees blocked roads at the factory, damaged cars, and threw rocks at police to protest their pay scale and potentially hazardous working conditions, according to China Daily.

The factory workers were reacting to a government investigation that found no wrong doing on the part of factory officials in the deaths of employees. Workers have been claiming that toxic chemicals in the factory led to employee deaths.

« The truth has been hidden from public view. There are people dying from long-term exposure to the toxicant used in the factory but no one is paying attention to that. There needs to be further investigation, » commented a factory employee identified only as Zhu.

Employees have been complaining about the use of hexane, a chemical that can potentially cause nervous system failure in humans, to clean touch panels. According to Wintek, 47 factory workers showed symptoms of hexane exposure and were properly treated.

Along with concerns over chemical exposure, employees have been dissatisfied with other working conditions, too. « We had long been dissatisfied with the management, pay and even food provided by the company, » said Zhu.

Apple has not commented on the incident.

Riot Police and Strikers Clash at Jiangsu Manufacturing Plant

Epoch Times

By Gu Xiaohua and Gu Qing’er

Jan 18, 2010

Thousands of striking workers clashed with over 300 riot policemen at a manufacturing company in Jiangsu Province on Jan. 15. Workers were striking over hazardous working conditions and news that their annual bonuses would not be paid.

Lianjian Technology Co. Ltd. in the city of Suzhou manufactures liquid crystal displays for cell phones. Around 7:00 a.m. on Jan. 15, 800 of the company’s 13,000 workers protested at the gate, holding banners that read “Evil Factory!” and “Return My Annual Bonus.”

Company leaders came out, threatening workers that no bonuses would be paid if they continued to protest. The workers responded with increased anger, and more people joined the protest.

Company leaders then called for riot police to suppress the uprising. Mr. Liu (alias) a company staff member, told The Epoch Times reporter: “Hundreds of policemen with batons and shields blocked the roads. They dispersed the crowd and beat people without even asking who they were.”He characterized the police actions as “vicious,” and said that, at one point, he saw seven or eight of them beating one person. He was also aware of seven or eight workers who were injured.

“One woman was hit with a baton and lost consciousness, but they still dragged her away. We were so angry at seeing that, we threw stones at the police,” Liu said.

Injured riot police were quickly dispatched to a hospital. Workers, several of whom were severely injured, were left unattended and eventually taken to hospitals by their fellow workers.

The crowd dispersed around noon, and the company closed for the afternoon. Workers are debating whether to resume work or not. They have asked company authorities to release workers who were arrested.

Hazardous Working Conditions and Many Deaths

Mr. Song, who resigned after working two months at the company, said several factors led to this incident, including the fact that the company had not paid workers’ annual bonuses the past two years. Moreover, employees are expected to work 10 to 12 hours a day, seven days a week using toxic materials without proper protection or proper ventilation. Song said he resigned when he developed throat problems from the toxins.

In 2009, five workers reportedly died from exposure to N-hexane, a poison which is used in the manufacturing process. The media reported on the deaths, and the company switched to a mixture of alcohol and acetone, but this also causes nerve damage after prolonged exposure.

About 20 days ago, an 18-year-old worker developed nerve pain in the leg, then became paralyzed and died shortly after. Workers have frequently passed out, some have even died in the restrooms, and more than a dozen have been hospitalized recently, according to the workers who requested anonymity.

They told The Epoch Times reporter that when safety inspections occur, the poisonous materials are hidden, the name of the department is changed, and workers are sent to other buildings to assure they won’t be questioned.

Many workers said they want to leave the company, but the company will not approve their resignation requests. They said one girl recently jumped out of the dorm building to her death when her request to resign was denied.

The reporter called the company to ask about the strike and was told his questions would have to be handled by the Suzhou Industrial Park Management Committee.

A news release from the Management Committee blamed the incident on company mismanagement, referring to tensions between the leaders and workers. They pledged to improve the management system and pay bonuses in the near future.


Suzhou (chinois simplifié : 苏州 ; chinois traditionnel : 蘇州 ; pinyin : Sūzhōu, aussi appelée Su-Zhou, Su-Chou ou Soo-Chow) est une ville de la province du Jiangsu à l’est de la Chine. Située sur le cours du Yangzi Jiang et non loin du Tai Hu, la ville n’est qu’à une centaine de kilomètres de Shanghai.

~ par Alain Bertho sur 18 janvier 2010.

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