|Rather, activist groups like SACOM and Li Qiang's China Labor Watch are using what they see as the multinationals' Achilles heel their concern over public image as a weapon in the unequal battle between the international giants and their low-paid workers. Like a guerrilla band harassing a conventional army, they believe their pinprick attacks, a 21st century war of the flea, will eventually force concessions.
|Many contract manufacturers are multinationals in their own right. Delta Group employs more than 60,000 people in factories in Taiwan, China's mainland, Thailand, Mexico, India and Europe. According to its website, it produces power supplies, visual displays, networking products and provides industrial automation and renewable energy solutions. Chairman and founder Bruce Cheng has made large donations to universities in Taiwan, and the company has its own CSR program.
|The company says it views the SACOM training course as a routine matter. "Delta has been conducting the training courses by itself years before SACOM/LESN's training courses this time. Delta itself will continue to conduct its own training courses like before in the future. SACOM/LESN's training courses are a repeat program of Delta existing training program," the company told us in an email.
|Delta told us that 65 percent of its Donguan workers are female and that the company "follows the minimum wages rule required by local government. Delta uses the minimum wages of RMB 770 (US$113) /person/month as a starting base. Delta workers can easily earn up to RMB 1300 - 1900 (US$190 - 278)/person/month."
|Chicony vice president Chris Huang also indicated that their wages were around the legal minimum. SACOM's report on the training quoted him as saying "We pay workers in strict accordance with the Dongguan legal minimum wage law."
||Chicony的副总裁Chris Huang 说他们的工资几乎与法定标准一样。SACOM在对培训所作的报告中援引Chris Huang的话称，Chicony严格依照东莞的法定最低工资标准支付工人工资。
|The problem is that the local minimum wage is very low. Although Dongguan is a major city with a population of nearly 7 million and all the usual bright lights and skyscrapers associated with modern China, it has built much of its prosperity on contract manufacturing. Less than 2 million of its inhabitants are registered as permanent residents; the rest are migrants from other areas of China. City bosses, whose performance is still judged mainly by GDP figures, have deliberately kept the minimum wage relatively low, well aware that in nearby Vietnam there are millions of workers willing to work for even less, should the multinationals that, after all, call the shots choose to decamp.