U.S. boss leaves Chinese factory
June 27, 2013 10:10 AM

BEIJING (AP) — An American boss detained nearly a week by his company’s Chinese workers left the Beijing factory today after he and a labor representative said the two sides reached agreement in a pay dispute.

Chip Starnes told The Associated Press a deal was reached overnight to pay the scores of workers who had demanded severance packages similar to ones given to laid-off co-workers in a phased-out division, even though the company said the remaining workers weren’t being laid off.

Remaining workers at the medical supply plant in Huairou district, on the outskirts of Beijing, had said they believed the entire factory was shutting down, that the company owed unpaid salary and that they saw equipment being packed and itemized for shipping to India.

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