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Unpaid staff step up protest at China toy plant

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Unpaid staff step up protest at China toy plant

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Demanding unpaid wages, hundreds of workers are intensifying their protest at a closed-down toy factory in China.

The country is the world’s biggest exporter of toys. But the global economic crisis has worsened the outlook for an industry already threatened by falling exports.

Riot police have been standing guard outside the plant in the once-booming province of Guangdong. Hong Kong-listed Smart Union Group, one of the area’s largest toymakers, has said that provisional liquidators have been appointed.

Factories in the southern province have suffered from tight curbs on loans, rising labour costs and China’s stronger currency, which makes their products more expensive.