Chinese workers hold bosses hostage over 2-minute toilet breaks

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    Chinese workers hold bosses hostage over 2-minute toilet breaks | Fox News

    About 1,000 workers at Shanghai Shinmei Electric Company held the 10 Japanese nationals and eight Chinese managers inside the factory in Shanghai starting Friday morning until 11.50 p.m. Saturday, said a statement from the parent company, Shinmei Electric Co., released Monday. It said the managers were released uninjured after 300 police officers were called to the factory.

    "The workers demanded the scrapping of the ridiculously strict requirements stipulating that workers only have two minutes to go to the toilet and workers will be fined 50 yuan ($8) if they are late once and fired if they are late twice," said the security guard, surnamed Feng.

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    At first, I was wondering if this was happening at the company Mitt Romney moved to China the same month as the Presidential Elections, but it wasn't.

    China is what Republicans want for this country. No benefits. No workers rights. No regulations protecting citizens. No minimum wage. No health care.

    Republicans will say, "How dare you suggest we want those things". But then you look at their policies. If it looks like a pile of shit. Smells like a pile of shit. Who cares if it's "disguised"? For all intents and purposes, it's a pile of shit.

    Republicans call for lowering, eliminating federal minimum wage

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    Two minutes.
     
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    The real question is, what on earth were you doing reading Fox News?

    Isn't that sacrilege of liberal protocol?
     
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    The Chinese are going through growing pains, much like we did from the early to mid twentieth century. Their growth has been based on exports, so keeping cost down in any way is the most important thing from a business point of view. This is changing though, little by little. Within fifty to one-hundred years, China's economy will dwarf ours. All it will take is for them to understand that true economic growth is produced from the bottom up, and not the other way around. This will likely happen the hard way, as unions form and workers demand higher wages. Old ways die hard. What they will learn though, is that buy paying workers more, those workers will actually be able to purchase more goods. Their economy will move from being one that relies on exports to one that sells its goods to its own people.

    I'm sure you have read about China's ghost cities. Once they start paying people fair wages, people will be able to afford these new homes and their economy will take off. It is already projected that China's economy will surpass the US by 2025. Based on the fact that their population is four times ours, one can only imagine how much larger their economy will grow.
     
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    The Chinese business model is one the far right dreams of: Many low paid workers, under the boot of the boss, having no rights, and working a tireless, thankless job for barely enough to get by, while maximizing profits at all costs. Then, all that profit "trickles down"!!!
     
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    But as we wait for China to progress, the corporate masters are trying to digress to their level here.
     
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    I agree, we are on a backwards path at the moment. It will likely get worse before it gets better. These things go in cycles based on greed. When the middle class is doing well, the conservative movement toward lower taxes and more free market principals take hold. However, when the middle class begins to take a hit, things change; workers begin to demand more and there is a bigger movement to redistribute wealth back to lower income earners. We are beginning to see this happen currently, but there are still many in the middle class who are more concerned with protecting what they have. Until more of them start to lose out, there will be a lot of turmoil with no clear cut winners and losers.
     
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    They wouldn't have to resort to such extreme measures if they had a union.
     
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    It's coming, but it's going to be a bit slow getting there.

    Chinese Workers Demanding Better Wages, Conditions, Real Union Protections | Alternet
     
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    ShinMei Electric is a Japanese Company. See, the first clue is that 10 "Japanese nationals" were taken hostage.

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