Chinese working model practised on the Swedish shop floor - 80 hours working week not acceptable in Sweden


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Wednesday, 08 June 2011
The emergence of China as an economic super power is great because it tries to create some competition and alternative to the traditional European and American incumbent. One reason why many people are scared of Chinese as employers is its deep rooted style of disrespect to other people especially its attitude towards people who work for her.

It is hard for people who work for Chinese company to say good things about the companies. The worse is in stagnant Africa where they expect others to bring businesses to them. After the European became ashamed of their treatment of the Africans and withdrew, now the Chinese have come in with the worse form of treatment to people working for them – mostly in the mining, farming and raw material extraction types of sectors.   

In Europe there are laws and very strong ones which protect workers and give them bargaining rights, such as the respect of working conditions of that country they are investing in. An example of how the Chinese treat their workers has been analysed recently in Sweden reported by radio Sweden.

The Chinese telecom giant Huawei has put a foothold in Sweden and has employed many Chinese as worker in the company. Most of these workers have been ferried in from China on temporary work permits. According to the union of the sector in Sweden, Unionen, their working conditions are such that does not reflect the Swedish approach, for example 80 - hour week is not acceptable in Sweden and it looks like the Chinese communication company wants to write their own rules in Sweden.


Now, the Swedish Migration Board is reviewing whether Huawei supplied false information to get workers permits approved.
“Migration Board take very seriously  information about if someone is being forced to work up to 80 hours a week when there is no collective agreement, "said Alejandro Firpo who is head of the Immigration Service to radio Sweden.

Employees and former employees of Huawei are talking about threats and harassment including pubic disgrace the company heaps on them. In order to obtain a residence permit Huawei promise to offer their employees the conditions that applies generally to the Swedish labour market. This is a condition that all companies must abide by according to Swedish immigration law.

Huawei lacks a collective agreement, but the company's Nordic Manager James Chen believes that the employment contracts satisfy the Swedish conditions.

But other sources say that staffs from China are working far more than what is allowed in Sweden. To sit at work until midnight is not unusual. And the union of the sector says the 80-hour working week is common among the Chinese.

“Leadership, organization and how to control the activity is very Chinese. It is not like how it works at a Swedish workplace. There is no dialogue whatsoever between management and employees and there is not much respect for the Swedish legislation either, but that there is a little China created at Huawei,” said Kari Anderson who is ombudsman of the worker union of the sector, Unionen.
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