Strike Idles North China Electronics Plant

Almost 3,000 workers at an electronics plant in northern China were off the job for a third day Thursday because of a strike demanding better pay and working conditions.

The stoppage at the Japanese-owned Tianjin Mitsumi Electric Company is the latest in a growing number of strikes by Chinese workers demanding salaries in line with those paid in other countries. Most have been aimed at foreign-owned companies.

The Associated Press news service said security forces were posted around the factory but have not taken action against about 100 workers gathered outside the factory. However foreign reporters were detained and removed from the area.

A worker at the plant told China's Xinhua news agency he works six days a week with two hours of overtime every day to earn $220 a month.