16 April 2008

Rumblings On The Street

We arrived at our factory yesterday morning to see a huge mass of people loitering around the streets. After finding out from my security guards, we realised that the shoe manufacturing factory diagonally across from us has gone belly-up and within the blink of an eye, close to 1000 workers don't have a job anymore.

Times are hard these couple of years, with rising raw material and labour prices as well as an out-of-control appreciation of the Ch1nese RMB against the Greenback in recent months.

The fact that Bush did a shit job of the US economy just further aggravates everything. This is what you get for electing an idiot to be president. Now the whole world has to suffer for it.

It is bad enough if you squander away the money buying guns and bullets for a war that cannot be justified (have we found the weapons of mass destruction yet?), it is even worse that the idiot squander away money that he didn't have in the first place. Now the rest of the American people are staring at a national debt of USD NINE FRIGGIN' TRILLION DOLLARS. That's USD 9,000,000,000,000.00!!! Thanks ah!

So anyway, everybody is lying low to wait out the storm. We believe that once we get rid of idiot Bush, the economy can only go up from there. Hopefully, by then with so few of us left, business would boom for us, as we will be the folks who would be first in line.

That is, if we are able to ride out the storm ourselves.

p.s. If you enlarge the photo, you will be able to see the people all the way up to the street. I believe that they were marching to the town mayor's office, probably seeking further assistance. I also heard that the factory's warehouse was looted as a result of the unrest with worker carting off boxes of shoes, possibly in lieu of the last 2.5 months' worth of pay checks that never saw the light of day.

Later in the day, my manager was stuck in traffic for an hour and a half en route back to factory, He said that all the workers barricaded a vital cross-road leading to the factory, refusing any vehicle to pass through. However, by the time I got there towards end of the day, the crowd has been dispersed, hoping on their own accord instead of tear gas, beatings and water cannons.

- Voxeros

1. cowboycaleb left...
Wednesday, 16 April 2008 6:48 am
Eh, how come I can't see the pic. Have the censors picked this up on the radar?

2. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 16 April 2008 9:14 am :: 
CowboyCaleb: I don't think so. It loads perfectly fine from my side and besides, I didn't mention the location of this place anyway.

3. Ruok left...
Wednesday, 16 April 2008 10:11 am
Bro, I hope u r doing ok. Its gonna be a tough ride, we ain't see the worst yet.

4. cakie left...
Wednesday, 16 April 2008 12:27 pm
i'm scared.

5. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 16 April 2008 2:27 pm :: 
ruok: Yeah tell me about it. I hope I can make through the storm.

cakie: You were saying you wanna come up here to look see the other day? I think you are better off visiting safer aka more civilised place like Shanghai or Beijing.

6. grasshopper left...
Thursday, 17 April 2008 8:08 am
I already saw layoffs in my office. But I think I'm fine. Coz' I'm bao-kah-liao. If someone like me disappear, no one empty shitbucket and refill the toilet paper.
Can't wait for election day to arrive.

7. Faith left...
Thursday, 17 April 2008 10:56 am
Yes, the greenback along with the Bush administration is pissing me off. Been losing like 10% or more of my salary ever since I started working in HK. And if Bush doesn't piss off fast enough and the US economy doesn't get better, I'll be losing even more money. Sorry, if this comment makes me sound like a selfish bitch!

8. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 17 April 2008 11:12 am :: 
Grasshopper: Sounds like my job you're doing over there.

Faith Sim: Unfortunately, it's going to have to wait till November and like a big tanker, it is going to take some time to make that U-turn, so don't hold your breath just yet.

9. thiang left...
Thursday, 17 April 2008 4:17 pm ::
And none of the 1000 odd workers asked you for a new job or help? Hmm. Very sad case they all.

10. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 17 April 2008 4:42 pm :: 
Thiang: They are shoe factory, we are furniture. Different skill sets. Besides, I am also reducing my head count at the present moment.

11. starm|st left...
Friday, 18 April 2008 10:26 am
this entry (and you) sounds like one of those guys in Tony Parson's book 'My Favourite Wife'. Deja vu deja vu.

12. JayWalk left...
Friday, 18 April 2008 4:12 pm :: 
Starm|st: Admittedly, I have not read the book and so I don't really know how to respond to you comment. However, I will make it a point to get the book (unless you have a copy I can borrow), then come back to you on this.

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