Chinese factory workers on Thursday released their US boss whom they had held captive for a week over a compensation dispute,a company official said.
Chip Starnes,president of Specialty Medical Supplies,was allowed to leave the factory in northern Beijing and was resting in a hotel.
As of now my boss Chip feels exhausted after two harsh days and has gone back to a hotel,okay? Specialty Medical General Manager Xing Shuang told Reuters.
The workers had demanded severance packages identical to those offered to 30 employees who were recently laid off.
Starnes,whose company is based in Florida,flew to China on June 18 and his detention started Friday. The demands followed rumours that the entire plant was being closed and moved to India to lower production costs.