At least 55 people were killed and another 136 hospitalized, many with serious injuries, after a massive explosion in an underground oil pipeline ripped through the eastern port city of Qingdao on 22 November, local authorities have confirmed.
There was a noticeable decline in the number of strikes and worker protests in China during September, when compared with the previous two months, however large-scale strikes continued to feature on regular basis.Photo of Shenzhen toy factory strike taken from Weibo.
Foxconn Technology said a large fight that broke out last week at one of its campuses injured 11 people, the latest in a series of confrontations among the company's workers that follows a summer of heightened unrest at Chinese factories.
An ammonia leak at a cold storage plant in Shanghai on 31 August has killed 15 workers and injured 25 others, the Shanghai municipal government has confirmed.Most of the victims suffered severe burns after loose pipe fittings at Shanghai Weng's Cold Storage Co. in Baoshan district burst open leading to a fatal liquid ammonia leak, investigators found.
Sunday 28 April is the International Labour Organization World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the day workers around the world commemorate the victims of work accidents and occupational disease and urge all governments to take action.
The Chinese government last month invited public comment on its proposals to improve the implementation of the Work-related Injury Insurance Regulations (工伤保险条例). The proposals issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS) are on the whole constructive and should help better protect the rights of victims of occupational injury and illness. However, China Labour Bulletin has noted a few potential problems in the proposals, which we outlined in a detailed submission to the MOHRSS in mid-February.