Since September 2008, GoldPeak (GP) subsidiary, JetPower, has been moving away machineries and reducing the upper management, and the workforce has cut by half, from 1000 to 500. No one was able to know what had happened. JetPower failed to give any notice to workers. On 10 Feb 2009, 500 workers made joint complaint to Shenzhen Labour Bureau. With no response from the Ministry, the workers made another letter to the union and JetPower demanding JetPower to reveal its move.
On 18 Feb 2009, the Ministry and JetPower’s upper management held a meeting with workers’ representatives. At the meeting, the Chinese manager Mr. Zhan, who is the union’s chairman himself, said he did not know what happened. Getting no response from JetPower, 500 workers went on strike on 19 Feb. It was the workers’ first strike. Workers had no experience on strike before. There were lots of under-covered policemen around, making the situation more tense and difficult. The strike on the first day was reported by some Hong Kong newspapers and one mainland newspaper.
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