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Daily Dispatches: Firing people in China makes them very angry

Foreign finance firms in China have traditionally faced a tricky job market. A crippling talent shortage means employees can jump ship to competitors more easily than in developed markets. Now there are signs that firing people may not be so easy either as finance professionals start to stage the type of demonstrations once mainly confined to blue-collar workers in the manufacturing sector.

More that 100 former employees of HSBC Life Insurance rallied outside HSBC’s China’s headquarters in Shanghai yesterday demanding a meeting with top executives after being sacked.

It was hardly Occupy Wall Street, but the demonstration did involve scuffles between security guards and protesters, some of whom carried signs saying “fraud” in Chinese, alleging that they had not been informed about compensation or redeployment plans. With China generally more tolerant of protests against foreign rather than local companies, international finance firms may want to beef up their security before they make layoffs.

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