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In pictures: Chinese workers stage wildcat strike to protest IBM factory's sale to Lenovo

The unrest at one facility symbolizes a power shift in the Chinese labour market, with workers more willing to assert their rights and organize via social media

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IBM workers hold a banner as they protest at the gate outside an IBM factory in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, March 6, 2014. More than 1,000 workers at an IBM factory in southern China have gone on strike against the terms of their transfer to Chinese PC maker Lenovo Group Ltd caused by the U.S. company's $2.3-billion sale of its low-end server business. The Chinese characters on the banner reads "Give us a reasonable compensation scheme, tell us the reason."

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IBM workers protesting at the gate outside an IBM factory are reflected in mirror in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, March 6, 2014. More than 1,000 workers at an IBM factory in southern China have gone on strike against the terms of their transfer to Chinese PC maker Lenovo Group Ltd caused by the U.S. company's $2.3 billion sale of its low-end server business.

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IBM workers protest at an IBM factory in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, in this March 7, 2014 file photo. More than 1,000 workers walked off the job last week in a wildcat strike at an IBM factory in Shenzhen, bordering Hong Kong, after managers on March 3 announced the terms of their transfer to new ownership under Chinese PC maker Lenovo Group Ltd.

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IBM workers shout slogans as they protest at an IBM factory in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, March 7, 2014. More than 1,000 workers at an IBM factory in southern China have gone on strike against the terms of their transfer to Chinese PC maker Lenovo Group Ltd caused by the U.S. company's $2.3-billion sale of its low-end server business.

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IBM workers protest at an IBM factory in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, March 7, 2014.

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IBM workers hold a banner as they protest at the gate outside an IBM factory in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, in this March 6, 2014 file photo.

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IBM workers shout slogans and hold banners as they protest at an IBM factory in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, in this March 7, 2014 file photo.

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