The Taiwanese-owned company, which employs about 60,000 workers in the Dongguan district, also makes shoes for Reebok, Asics, New Balance, Timberland and other brands at factories in China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Mexico and the United States. The company made 323.3 million pairs of shoes in the 15 months to December 2012.
It's the latest labor dispute to flare up in southern China's Pearl River Delta manufacturing heartland, where factories face a growing shortage of migrant workers.
The worker, Cui Tiangang, and labor groups said workers are upset because the company failed to pay full social security and housing fund contributions. The strike started April 5 and resumed Monday when the demands were not met, according to China Labor Watch. Cui, a 31-year-old who cuts and glues rubber soles, said only two to three of the 10 plants in the Yue Yuen complex were operating because of the strike.