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Workers laid off illegally after two-week strike, arbitrators rule

A company illegally terminated the employment contracts of workers who staged a two-week strike, arbitrators have ruled...Coactive Technologies…planned to relocate…The company declined to offer compensation to the employees, but said it would provide housing and transportation subsidies for the inconvenience caused by the relocation.  Some employees did not agree to the plan [and] hundreds of workers went on strike…[T]he firm laid off about 40 workers who went on strike on the grounds that they severely violated company regulations…The committee ruled that the workers had been laid off illegally and that the company should compensate them in line with the Labor Contract Law…Zhang Zhiru, a labor rights activist…said the arbitration result…was encouraging for workers who went on strike to fight for their rights….Zhang said Chinese law has not stated whether strikes are a legal resort or not, and some local governments that place a priority on maintaining social stability are afraid of strikes and place pressure on courts and arbitration authorities over their judgments…

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China: Govt. labour panel rules dismissals of 40 strikers by manufacturer illegal in rare case

Kewei Tongchuang lawsuit (re labour rights)