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Chongqing social security bureau fails to provide employee with social security – for 11 years

If an employer violates the law by not providing an employee with any kind of social security, the employee should go to their local labour and social security bureau and ask them to sort the problem out. Consider then the case of Gu Jianqing, who has worked for 11 years without a single social security contribution from his employer, the Jiulongpo District Labour and Social Security Bureau in Chongqing. Who does he turn to?

Child labour in China: History repeating itself

Three years ago, the Southern Metropolis Daily exposed a child labour trafficking ring that brought teenagers from the remote Liangshan region of Sichuan and sold them to factories across the Pearl River Delta. Three days ago, the same media group, exposed a case of 21 adolescents who had been trafficked from Liangshan and sold to an electronics factory in Shenzhen’s Longgang district. The details of how the children were trafficked and the conditions they worked under were almost identical.

Who is responsible when a worker dies inside the factory dormitory?

When 36-year-old Li Zhangjian died of a head injury just before the Lunar New Year holiday, his family did what many other migrant worker families do – they traveled down from their hometown in Henan to the luggage factory in Dongguan where Li was employed to demand compensation.

Shenzhen seeks to mask rather than resolve social unrest

New regulations drafted by the Shenzhen municipal government to outlaw public demonstrations involving self-harming and other disruptive behaviour by petitioners would be funny if they were not quite so tragic. The draft Shenzhen SEZ Petitioning Regulations (深圳经济特区信访条例) state that those who violate the new restrictions on petitioning activities will be detained by the police and punished according to law. Shenzhen lawmakers seem to be unaware of the fact that right now in China, if anyone attempts to harm themselves in public; they will almost certainly be arrested and detained by the police for weeks if not months on end.

Young lives ruined by the refusal of the boss to pay wage arrears

All Liu Yongli wanted was the two months’ wages owed to her by the shoe factory in Dongguan she had been employed at for the previous eight months. But when the 21-year-old migrant worker from Sichuan demanded her back pay, the boss refused point blank. Distraught, Liu went back to her dormitory and jumped from the fifth floor. She sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital. But once she was out of critical condition, the company refused to continue paying for her medical treatment because, management said, she had officially terminated her employment eight days earlier.

The glaring need for greater vigilance against labour trafficking in China

Once again the authorities have reacted with remarkable alacrity to an appalling case of labour rights abuse, after, and only after, it has been exposed in the Chinese media. Within days of the Xinjiang Metropolitan Daily’s report on a factory that was using the mentally disabled as slave labour, the factory owner and his son had been arrested, along with the labour trafficker who allegedly sold the workers to the factory. The workers had been rescued and placed in care, and the trafficker’s “Beggars Adoption Agency” in Sichuan’s Qu county had been closed down, the official media reported.

A small step forward but still a long way to go for trade unions in China

It is probably the smallest trade union in the world, but the establishment of a two person union in a small privatized factory on the outskirts of Beijing last month still represents a step forward for China’s workers.

Chilean mine rescue leads to soul searching in China

The inspirational rescue of 33 Chilean miners, broadcast live around the world this week, has been met with mixed feelings in China. While sharing in the joy of the miners’ liberation from ten weeks underground, many in China are asking what would have happened if the workers had been trapped in a Chinese mine.

Mine bosses quick to countermand government order to go underground

The bosses of a privately-owned coal mine in Guangxi have devised a cunning plan to evade their forthcoming legal obligation to accompany miners underground during work shifts – they have selected and promoted seven junior managers to take their place.

Foxconn and Elec-Tech – a tale of two factories

As Foxconn was staging its elaborate song and dance show yesterday to convince the world that, after a string of suicides earlier this year, everything was now fine and the workers in its Chinese factories were happy, a Hong Kong activist group released a report on a lesser known factory where appalling work conditions have clearly not improved. In the last year alone, more than 60 workers at Elec-Tech International, a manufacturer of small home appliances, have been injured, many losing fingers and hands while operating antiquated and dangerous machinery at the company’s plant in Zhuhai, according to the report by Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM).

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