Workers from Saipan's largest garment production plant, Concorde Garment Manufacturing Incorporated, have been protesting against plans to shut down the business.

Many of the threatened workers travelled from China to take on their jobs, Associated Press reported.

They have now ended a hunger strike in protest against the plans but some workers are still refusing to work until they get tax rebates owed to them plus reimbursement of recruiter fees.

Concorde announced last week that it will shut down the plant in February, making it the twelfth Saipan factory to close since January, when quotas on textile shipments to the US ended, reported AP.