Representatives from Internet search firm Baidu met with striking workers in southern China over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal reported. Hundreds of Baidu workers have refused to work since May 4. On Friday employees in Baidu’s Shenzhen office filed a complaint with the labor bureau, and similar actions were taken by strikers in Guangzhou. Striking workers told the paper that Baidu had cut the base salary for sales agents by about 30% while also raising sales targets and threatening to withhold commissions from those who did not make their sales quota. Workers speculate the new rules have been implemented in order to force them to voluntarily leave their jobs. Employees have demanded the company rescind the new policies and fire those who implemented them.
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