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26 Feb 2017

China Labor Bulletin

Hundreds of Volkswagen workers in northeast China demand equal pay

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More than 500 FAW-Volkswagen workers in the northeast city of Jilin held a demonstration demanding an end to unequal pay. …The workers, employed indirectly by an agency, gathered at the local labour arbitration committee offices, protesting official inaction over their case after months of campaigning through official channels. Workers…claim[ed] that agency workers are paid significantly less than full employees, despite years of service to the factory…. The campaign of Volkswagen workers have sought resolution through legal channels for months and has escalated in recent days…. China’s agency workers have long been subjected to lower pay and conditions, and less job security. In 2013, the Labour Contract Law was amended specifically to address the rampant abuse of agency labour used to push down costs and make workers more vulnerable and replaceable….

Volkswagen Changchun is a joint venture involving both Audi and Volkswagen, with  state-owned firm FAW group having a majority stake….