Google agents fast for rights

09:28, November 10, 2010      

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After the negotiation between Google China and its seven agents in the East China broke off, promises of more protests continue at full steam, and on Tuesday morning, they (agents) posted on their blogs that they will hold a hunger strike.

The agents said that over 90 of their employees waited at the firm's Shanghai office on Monday for the whole day; and that Google had said it would discuss the matter with the US headquarters and give a reply.

But the company had not given any reply by noon, according to media reports, citing the agents. By that time, over 170 employees were already holding the hunger strike at the venue, and a representative for the agents said the number would extend to 500 by sunset.

The agents claim that their rights as agents had been invalidated in the evening of September 27 without notice; and felt surprised since their contracts had a validity of two years. Protests previous to the date had taken place and on Novermber 5, lawyers from the company offered them a compensation of about $800,000, which was refused.

Source: Global Times


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