Thursday, October 14, 2010
Chinese footwear workers; Times are a changing
Exports of Chinese made sport shoes are picking up but local companies are struggling to complete existing orders due to a scarcity of manpower. The centre for sport shoe production in China is around the provinces of Guangdong, Fujian, Zhejiang and Shandong but many plant workers have moved away and migrant workers are reluctant to relocate to these regions. Better working conditions have encouraged the workforce to stay inland where living expenses are lower. Chinese plant works will normally spend half their salary on basic needs and younger people prefer sectors that offer better wages, benefits and working conditions. The new generation of employees is also looking for the opportunities to travel, study, socialize and raise a family. The conditions at footwear plants are less attractive than other industrial sectors with workers having to work long hours in either very hot or extremely cold conditions.