Workers at Turkish-owned clothing producer Kaizen in Smederevo, Serbia, stopped worked on 12 May. The previous day they warned the company they would halt production if they were not paid overdue salaries and overtime. As that did not happen, the machines were shut down.
Around 300 workers at Kaizen have fixed-term contracts and work for the minimum wage which, they say, amounts to about RSD25,000 (US$256) a month. Many of them still have not been paid for overtime undertaken over the past six months.
Kaizen, which operates under another Turkish company, Kardem, started production two years ago when it was announced it would eventually employ 800 people.
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