Factory boss lauded for handling of closure

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 November, 2008, 12:00am

Another Hong Kong-owned Guangdong factory has joined the recent wave of closures, but the owner received rare praise for his prompt wage and compensation arrangements.

In scenes that were a far cry from the sometimes violent protests over missing payments and fleeing bosses that have marked other shut-downs, more than 250 employees bade a tearful farewell to boss Lo Shung-leung.

They said they would be willing to return if he reopened his 23-year-old Hua Kang garment factory in Zhongshan , the Guangzhou Daily reported yesterday.

A worker who had been at the factory since it opened said he received his 23-month compensation with no trouble.

A woman worker said Mr Lo had been kind to staff.

'Many long-time workers were holding back tears and told Mr Lo they would work for him when he opened a factory again,' she said.