Global company ‘post-China’ cut down North Korean workers’ work and income ‘dropped’

North Korean workers at a clothing factory in Jilin Province, China. /Photo = Daily NK

As the ‘de-China’ of global companies such as Apple and Google accelerates, North Korean workers working in China are being hit directly. It is said that this is because income is also decreasing as the amount of work decreases.

Recently, global companies are showing a movement to move their factories in China to India and Vietnam as the logistics and distribution systems are paralyzed as China repeatedly blocks major cities with its ‘zero corona’ policy.

In the midst of this, it is reported that the wages of North Korean workers working at electronics assembly companies in Liaoning and Jilin provinces and other provinces have plummeted by more than 50% last month.

According to a Chinese source in North Korea on the 9th, North Korean workers at a factory whose main job was assembling electronic components supplied to Apple were earning about 2200-2500 yuan a month until the first half of this year, but last month they imported in the low 1,000 yuan range. This has been reduced by about half.

In addition, it was found that orders for factories that make parts for European luxury watch companies have also decreased by more than half. In the meantime, the workers at this factory had to work an average of 10 hours a day due to the heavy workload, but since mid-July, the workers have been working only about 5 hours a day due to the reduced workload.

The problem is that the quota of funds to be paid to the North Korean authorities is not reduced. It is known that workers have little money in their hands after paying the actual loyalty funds and women’s membership fees.

Just two or three years ago, workers were working in factories or restaurants during the day, doing other kinds of side jobs at night, or working in a karaoke bar, so-called ‘two jobs’ to make enough money for their living expenses. (▶Shortcut to related article: “Restaurant by day, karaoke by night”… North Korean worker residing in China, ‘overuse’ for loyalty funds)

However, with China’s strong corona policy, movement is restricted within the same city, making it difficult for North Korean workers to work on a side job. The source explained that now, whether it is a restaurant or a factory, it is an environment where only one can do a given job at one workplace to which it belongs.

As a result, it is reported that among the executives who manage workers, if the work schedule continues to decrease, there is a possibility that new personnel may not be dispatched to the electronic parts production plant in the future.

A source said, “Last month, there were laborers who couldn’t even get a job at the electronics factory.


Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.

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