Guangzhou Mc boy 2007-03-31 09:17
worked at McDonalds in Guangzhou for 6 years, I would take this job
over some of the alternatives anyday. My brother has bounced around
from job to job working ridiculous hours for the same pay mentioned
here and often hasn't even recieved his pay.
Off the record I
would certainly prefer to work at
McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken, who were accused of underpaying
Chinese part-time employees, have agreed to set up trade unions in south China's
Guangdong province, AFP quoted a union official as saying Friday,
Hang Yuan, a spokeswoman with the All-China Federation of Trade Unions told
AFP that the unions are likely to be set up before the middle of this
The announcement comes after both fast-food chains stood under the
limelight over the alleged practice of paying part-time workers in Guangdong's
capital Guangzhou up to 40 percent less than the minimum wage 0f 7.5 yuan.
"We can draw a lesson from these recent cases that in enterprises without
trade unions, workers' rights and interests can't be protected," Huang said.
AFP said the decision to set up the trade unions appeared not to be directly
linked to the underpayment case, which broke only recently when reported by a
"The Guangdong Provincial Trade Union started talks with the companies either
last year or at the beginning of this year," said Hang.
"It was before the case in Guangzhou was exposed and the companies at that
time promised they would form the trade unions."
George Gu, a Shanghai-based executive with McDonald's, told AFP that he was
"not clear" about the timetable for establishing the Guangdong unions although
the company had plans to set up trade unions in their branches in China.
He added the company had already established quite a few trade unions in some
branches in places such as the eastern province of Jiangsu.