The working-class history of Shenzhen (SEZ)

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Chinese Female Workers Sue South Korean Factory for Body Search
China News Digest, 26 August 2001. A group of female workers in a Shenzhen wig factory launched a lawsuit against the management for being body searched at work for a stolen wig.
Chinese Workers' Rights Stop at Courtroom Door
By Philip P. Pan, Washington Post, 28 June 2002. A year ago some workers began a legal struggle to recover wages they claim were stolen by a state-owned construction firm. The workers had been swayed by the Communist Party's promises of legal reform, and believed they could get a fair hearing in court.
Ruse in Toyland: Chinese Workers' Hidden Woe
By Joseph Kahn, The New York Times, 7 December 2003. —Crib sheets—telling workers how to praise work conditions are handed out just before inspections when big American clients visit to make sure that the factory has good labor standards.
Chinese Workers Pay for Wal-Mart's Low Prices
By Peter S. Goodman and Philip P. Pan, Washington Post, Sunday 8 February 2004. Most of the 2,100 workers here are poor migrants from the countryside who have come here for jobs that pay about $120 a month. A sign on the wall: If you don't work hard today, tomorrow you'll have to try hard to look for a job.
Insulted Chinese end strike after Japanese manager apologizes
Kyodo News, Japan Today, Monday 14 June 2004. A Japanese manager at a Ricoh Co factory in south China has apologized to end a weekend strike by 500 workers upset that the manager had yelled obscenities at female employees.