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Labour unrest: Workers fight back at a Chinese factory

Fear of layoffs sparks protests by employees of a Chinese maker of electronic goods in suburban Shanghai

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A striking factory worker from electronics manufacturer Hi-P International in suburban Shanghai cries after police entered the factory with trucks to remove heavy machinery.

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Police enter Hi-P International in suburban Shanghai, where hundreds of workers laid down their tools for a week on fears a planned plant relocation could trigger mass layoffs.

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Workers on strike block the entrance gate of the Hi-P International factory in suburban Shanghai. The facility makes electronics products for Apple and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion.

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Striking workers from Hi-P International in suburban Shanghai stand next to a fence. Chinese police detained around a dozen workers at the Singapore-owned electronics plant on Tuesday.

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Police arrive at Hi-P International as workers continue their strike in a suburban area of Shanghai. The strike, involving over 200 workers, extended into its seventh day in the latest labour unrest to hit the country.

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A factory worker from Hi-P International, who is on strike, sits on her motorcycle. According to workers, police have arrested dozens of workers who blocked the entrance of the factory.

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Workers on strike hold a protest sign at the entrance gate of the Hi-P International factory in suburban Shanghai. The workers have lodged petitions demanding compensation and scuffled with police after blocking the shipment of heavy equipment.

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Workers on strike block the entrance gate of Hi-P International factory in suburban Shanghai, the latest outbreak of labour unrest in China.

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