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Automobile equipment company Shenzhen Qiao Feng Technology halts relocation after strike with suspected retaliatory dismissals

A strike broke out at Qiao Feng Technology Industrial Co., Ltd. in Shenzhen, Guangdong on 17 March, 2024. Workers gathered in front of the factory gates to protest relocation, demanding legal compensation and unpaid social insurance payments. Videos and pictures on Douyin showed workers blocking a large truck. Workers sat in front of the factory and the protest extended into the next day. On the afternoon of 18 March, some workers posted on Douyin reporting that due to the government’s intervention, the factory temporarily halted the relocation. The factory management stated that they would move the machinery and equipment back, allowing workers to return to their normal work.

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Due diligence investigation needed after auto parts supplier avoided paying the promised wages and contract gratuity to hundreds of hourly workers

In late March 2024, the auto parts supplier Chongqing Huguang saw a large number of hourly workers gathering outside the factory gate to protest against the factory’s failure to arrange work shifts, which meant that workers could not complete enough working hours to receive the gratuity. Factory security with helmets and restraining poles were seen confronting the workers on online videos.

China Labour Bulletin (CLB) found that Chongqing Huguang’s parent company is a supplier of auto OEMs including Volkswagen, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. CLB identified several possible labour violations, regarding its employment practices, excessive working hours, and union’s inaction. German companies in its downstream have a responsibility to conduct due diligence in accordance with the requirements of the German Supply Chain Act.

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