Monday, May 18, 2009

Baidu strike in Shenzhen, in addition to Guangzhou

Nearly 200 employees of Baidu's Shenzhen subsidiary
stopped work on the afternoon of May 15 and traveled
to Shenzhen's Nanshan District Labor Bureau to protest
changes to their salaries, reports More than
40 managers from Baidu's Guangzhou and Shenzhen
subsidiaries requested a week off after China's May 1
holiday, and employees also stopped work, said the
report, quoting Baidu salespeople and managers.

Previous reports said that dozens of employees from
Baidu's Guangzhou subsidiary had stopped work to protest
a new salary system and KPI requirements that became
effective on May 1. According to the reports, employees
said the new metrics may halve the salaries of most
lower-level sales staff. An unnamed mid-level manager said
the changes would affect about 200 employees in Guangzhou
and more than 1,000 in the entire South China region,
including Shenzhen and Dongguan.

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