1000 Chinese Workers Stage Revolt Over 2 Minute Bathroom Breaks

Tyler Durden's picture

If we as a nation, buoyed by Obama's Inauguration preach, expect to compete once again on a global jobs stage (as we noted earlier) then perhaps taking a note from the Chinese employers' handbook will wake a few up to new realities. CTV News reports the Chinese workers are revolting as they demand "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." Hundreds of Chinese factory orders angry at these policies took labor law into their own hands and held their Japanese and Chinese managers hostage for a day and a half before police broke up the strike. Shanghai Shinmei Electric noted the managers were released unharmed after 300 police officers were called to the factory. As CTV notes, strikes have become more commonplace in China, as factories operating in highly competitive markets try to get more productivity from their labor force; but workers connected by mobile phones and the Internet become more aware of their rights.

 

Via CTV News:

BEIJING — Hundreds of Chinese factory workers angry about strictly timed bathroom breaks and fines for starting work late held their Japanese and Chinese managers hostage for a day and a half before police broke up the strike.

 

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.

 

A security guard at the Shanghai plant said Tuesday that workers had gone on strike to protest the company's issuing of new work rules, including time limits on bathroom breaks and fines for being late.

 

"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. "The managers were later freed when police intervened and when they agreed to reconsider the rules."

 

The plant makes electromagnetic coils and other electronic products. It was closed Tuesday, said a man who answered at the plant but refused to identify himself. He said no workers were on strike and staff would return to work on Wednesday.

 

Strikes have become commonplace in China, as factories operating in highly competitive markets try to get more productivity from their labor force and workers connected by mobile phones and the Internet become more aware of their rights.

 

Shinmei Electric's statement didn't say specifically what the workers were protesting, but said management reforms and labor policies were believed to be a cause. It said talks were under way with workers at the plant and that police were questioning staff.

 

A man who refused to give his name from the press office of the Shanghai police bureau said he had no information about the incident and referred calls to the Shanghai government press office, where calls rang unanswered.

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francis_sawyer's picture

Minding their Pee's & Q's...

idea_hamster's picture

... or pee's and queues?

(The early bird gets the worm; the second mouse gets the cheese!)

ParkAveFlasher's picture

I use a similar product, it's called "Hu Flung Pu".

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

2 minutes?? Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "dropping a deuce".

tarsubil's picture

It takes me more than 2 minutes to just set up shop. Those poor bastiges.

pods's picture

No wonder anon is so pissed all the time!

pods

economics9698's picture

They must have decent toilets if they want to spend more than two minutes in there taking a dump. 

Here in America our port a potties are cleaned at irregular intervals and are full of south of the border hepatitis and other bonus materials shipped north through our porous borders.

Taking a dump in America on a job site is a act of courage and daring desperation these days.  

TerminalDebt's picture

They need to get back to work, I need my cheap walmart crap in exchange for fake money

Bananamerican's picture

Gotta love their free unregulated labor markets- a Libertarian

Bicycle Repairman's picture

Handing out depends is probably uneconomical.  Can't they just put a trough by the production line?  Maybe change their diet to something with no fiber.  Colostomy bags?

Just thinking outside the box here.  We need to get the net up by 2% next quarter.

Matt's picture

The two minute limit would be reasonable, if you gaurantee that every worker is, at all times, within 10 seconds of an unoccupied toilet. The problem is, in any large factory or call center, it can easily take a minute each way just to get to the toilet.

Pure Evil's picture

You're forgetting for the moment that slaves have no rights.

If you want to see America's future, look to China as the example.

UnpatrioticHoarder's picture

It's not so much a matter of rights but the raw power of Labor acting in unity.

fourchan's picture

china knows how to run their slave population.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

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They must have decent toilets if they want to spend more than two minutes in there taking a dump.

They're angry because there are no clear unshatupon spots on the roadside within one minute's walking distance.

The Limerick King's picture

 

 

Production was starting to lag

The breaks were becoming a drag

Some Kleptos surmised

Production would rise

If workers shit into a bag

mayhem_korner's picture

 

 

Five-star post, LK.  I often wonder if you think in meter...

IamtheREALmario's picture

More incentive to do it quickly when you are using a "squatter". One needs good calf muscles for longer times. Maybe the Japanese are no so well endowed int he calf area and make the same assumption for the Chinese.

Skateboarder's picture

Add three more to figuring out what you're gonna read on the john, five to ten minutes to go, one more to wipe, one more to wash your hands, five more to chat with your colleagues, and two more to settle back into work and we're looking at a 15-20 minute deal here!

Poor girls... hope those robot managers let them have a proper bathroom break. :(

Next to Arch Stanton's picture

Had to login just to up arrow that comment.  Priceless!

azzhatter's picture

I need more than 2 minutes to drive over to Geithner's house and shit in his mailbox

slaughterer's picture

Chinese workers have no time for a Geithner poop.  Need more Obama poops, pleeze. 

LeisureSmith's picture

Someone forgot to put the new cover sheet on their TPS report.

LongSoupLine's picture

I'd like to read about this, but gotta take a piss...

Too much Chinese tea...

slaughterer's picture

USA really needs to take this page from the Chinese worker supervision playbook.

American workers need some good Chinese discipline.  

Grinder74's picture

Wow, even the Obama/Boehner blow jobs take longer than 2 minutes.

Mercury's picture

So much for the dictatorship of the proletariat. 

I guess a complete workers’ paradise has not yet been fully realized.


Silly Chinese communists. Obama would never dream of micromanaging Americans’ lives to the point where bathroom breaks (using eco-flush toilets with crappy, poisonous light bulbs of course) were legally limited to two minutes would he?

CrimsonAvenger's picture

Ha - it takes the average American two minutes just to get their pants zipped.

derek_vineyard's picture

global slavery has arrived!   (no retirement, pay barely covers necessities, elite ruling class, clamp down on workers more and more)

trav777's picture

must be why hacking up schoolyards is a weekly occurrence over there.

How could anyone not snap?

JenkinsLane's picture

I believe this is called progress.

Temporis's picture

Meanwhile back in the USSA...

Blockbuster closing 300 stores, expected to layoff 3000 people.

http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Latest-News-Wires/2013/0122/Blockbuste...

Bob's picture

Just GREAT!  How the hell am I supposed to check shit out before I order it online?

Skateboarder's picture

One magic word: torrent.

mercenaryomics's picture

Recently got a google nexus 7 and a few reading apps for epub/pdf/etc - great for [fre]ebooks. 

mercenaryomics's picture

+1 The other day I got scowled at by a few of the comparative literature graduates now turned Barnes and Noble employees for adding books I saw in store to my amazon wishlist via my phone. Sorry but inflation's a bitch on my paychecks, blame Ben, not me.  

Cathartes Aura's picture

swirling the drain BustedBlock,

In 2012, the Colorado Economic Development Commission granted Dish up to $2.5 million in Job Growth Incentive Tax Credits for the relocation of Blockbuster's headquarters from Texas to Douglas County. The move was expected to create 150 management jobs in the metro area over five years with an average annual wage of $93,257

still suckling as it goes down tho' - more desk jockeys until there isn't.

secret_sam's picture

Heh.  You win for one of the least coherent gibes I've seen in awhile.

Maybe them commies should UNIONIZE, eh?

Zymurguy's picture

Hey, I'm gonna take 30 min for my morning glory no matter what the law says.  Just come on in and arrest me (enter at your own risk of course).

Divided States of America's picture

a thousand people in China is like ten people over here in America, their cries will fall on deaf ears...OR they will never be seen from again the next day.

forwardho's picture

A tree fell in the forest.

But there was no one to hear.

azzhatter's picture

What no pisscans at the workstations?

francis_sawyer's picture

Hell ~ it takes me at least 3 minutes to properly pinch a log...

ParkAveFlasher's picture

You take too rong to pinch rog.  Good worker, he pinch roaf in ereven seconds FRAT.

mayhem_korner's picture

 

 

I think you're overstated calling your manhood a "log"

(oh...)

CaptainSpaulding's picture

It takes me 2 minutes to bend a biscuit thanks to my flax and hemp seed w/ black coffee regimine every morning.