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No solution in sight for China shoe factory strike

BEIJING — Workers on strike at a Chinese factory owned by the world’s largest maker of athletic shoes have rejected management’s latest offer in an ongoing labor dispute that is crimping production for brands such as Nike and Adidas.

The on-off work stoppage at Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) Ltd.’s massive factory complex in southern China, which employs more than 40,000 workers, has stretched into the second week as both sides have failed to reach an agreement.

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The dispute erupted over underpayments for social security and housing fund payments required by Chinese law. It has become one of the largest strikes in China’s private sector, where low-cost manufacturers are facing increasing labor activism.

Tens of thousands of workers remained off the job Tuesday, according to workers and labor groups, after they rejected the company’s latest offer, which included making up back payments for social security and housing, full contributions for those benefits starting May 1, and a $37 monthly cost of living allowance.

‘‘We’ll pay what is in the regulations, there should not be any concern on that,’’ a Yue Yuen spokesman said.

The workers at the Dongguan plant are demanding a 30 percent pay raise and a better-worded commitment to future contributions. They also say it’s unfair that workers would be required to make up their share of missed contributions from the past. And they want their own representatives to negotiate with management.

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