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Disposing of the evidence: How government officials make work-related accidents go away

When Zhang Lihua’s father was killed along with four co-workers in a road accident on the way to work last year, one of the top priorities of the local authorities was to make sure all the victims were cremated without delay.

Beijing comes up with yet another cunning plan to get rid of migrant workers

For years now, the municipal authorities in Beijing have been trying to control the city’s burgeoning population by making life more and more difficult for migrant workers. The message has been clear: We will tolerate you because we need you but you are not welcome to stay.

We need to give sanitation workers the respect and the pay they deserve

Just like many of the cleaners working in offices, hospitals and on the roadside, yesterday’s International Justice Day for Cleaners went by largely unnoticed.

Easing of restrictions on national college entrance exam not enough for “migrant” Zhou Shasha

It is supposed to be getting easier for the children of migrant workers to take the national college entrance examination. Try telling that to 19-year-old Zhou Shasha.

Why can only graduates get protection from employment discrimination in China?

It is that time of the year again in China: Record numbers of graduates will soon enter an increasingly competitive job market. And once again, the Chinese government is promising to do everything it can to help them get a job.

Want an internship at a Chinese bank? Your parents must have at least half a million yuan in their account

Everybody knows that students with well-connected parents stand a much better chance of getting a sought-after internship than those from less advantaged households. But while most companies will not openly advertise such discriminatory practices, many banks in China not only publicly announce their policy, they have clear guidelines on just how well-connected the parents have to be.

Nineteen-year-old activist plays key role in Shenzhen bus strike

Wedged between a smelly dump site and a busy port where ships sound their horns 24 hours a day is the workers’ dormitory of the Shenzhen East bus company. This has been home to 19-year-old Natalie (pseudonym) since she moved here from her hometown in Henan a year and a half ago.

A welcome first step towards zero tolerance of attacks on hospital staff in China

Chinese authorities criminalize verbal and physical attacks on healthcare workers in a bid to stem the tide of hospital violence but new rules need to be vigorously enforced.

Ford “shocked” to discover bribery in China

It is possible that Ford managers were unaware of the problem but the fact that some workers in China are paying cash for good positions at major corporations really should not come as a surprise to anyone.

Civil service jobs lose their allure as low pay and crackdown on corruption takes hold

“When I grow up, I want to be a corrupt official. Corrupt officials get lots of presents.” Five years ago, this famously was the dream of a six-year-old primary school student in Guangzhou. Today, it seems the prospect of becoming a corrupt official is not quite as attractive as it once was.


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