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China Labour Bulletin Weekly Roundup No. 12 (2006-06-23)

Labour News

  • Industrial accidents

Sixteen killed in chemical plant explosion

A total of 16 people died after an explosion at a chemical plant in Anhui province, with another 24 workers being treated in hospital for injuries. [Read More]

  • Foreign invested factories

iPod supplier factories in China operate in "slave" conditions, British newspaper reports

A Chinese factory, which manufactures Apple Computer Inc.'s popular music player iPod, employs 200,000 workers who live in dormitories prohibiting visitors and are required to work 15 hours a day earning only £27 or US$50 a month, according to a report published in British newspaper Mail on Sunday on 11 June. [Read More]

  • Obituary

Obituary: Alan Gleitsman - a man who made a difference

China Labour Bulletin was greatly saddened to learn of the death on May 19 this year of Alan Gleitsman, a tireless campaigner for human rights and social justice both in the U.S. and around the world. Alan will be greatly missed by the numerous groups and individuals whose lives and work were touched by his vision and generosity. [Read More]

Chinese Workers' Voices:

Han Dongfang's latest radio interview with Chinese workers: Retired Yunnan teachers fight for equal pension treatment

Read the English transcript: [Click here]
Listen to the original audio file (in Putonghua): [Click here]

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