October 23, 2011 / 7:32 AM / 8 years ago

Workers at Citizen's China factory on strike over pay - media

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Some 2,000 workers at a south China factory that manufactures parts for Japanese watchmaker Citizen Holdings Co Ltd have been on strike since Monday over work conditions and overtime pay, Hong Kong media reported.

The strike, the latest of a series that have hit China’s southern manufacturing hub in the past year, brings low pay, runaway inflation and difficult work conditions in the region into focus.

Workers at the Shenzhen factory also complained about having their salaries docked for taking washroom breaks, which they said has been a policy since 2005, according to reports in the Chinese-language Sing Tao Daily and Ming Pao newspapers.

Sing Tao Daily also cited factory workers as saying that some of them were beaten and had their salaries withheld after they started going on strike.

Officials from Citizen Holdings in Japan were not immediately available for comment.

Other major manufacturers that have faced labour disputes in China over the past two years include Apple supplier Foxconn Technology Group, Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co Ltd.

Reporting by Kelvin Soh; Editing by Yoko Nishikawa

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