5,000 Chinese labour workers recently went on strike demanding that their employer pay all of the government-mandated monthly housing allowance they have been likely deprived of for several months. This story relates back to both the themes of globalization and migrant workers, as well as social activism. As is already known, factory work represents a very unjust, imbalanced and dangerous field of work, particularly in more remote and less-developed areas. The workers described in the article work in a Chinese factory in the city of Dongguan, making shoes for companies such as Nike, Timberland and Kenneth Cole. By coming together and collectively going on strike, these individuals actively demonstrate the power of the masses in creating change, or at least highlighting injustice. The size of the group of workers forced officials to pay attention and respond to their plight. Right now it is unclear whether these workers will be paid what they are owed, but the collective advocacy highlights the importance and ability of the masses in gaining power and creating change! Further, this strike is just one of many that Zhang describes in his article have resulted in Southern China (among many other areas) because of ongoing economic recessions. So, it seems important to take a more global perspective in examining not only what is occurring in this city, but what the global and local circumstances are that lead up to this event unfolding.

http://www.ibtimes.com/chinese-labor-strike-5000-workers-strike-factory-making-shoes-nike-timberland-kenneth-1842606