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A young migrant worker lost his right arm preventing an accident in a Hunan railway yard. He was hailed as a hero but, as he tells Han Dongfang, he struggled to get his promised compensation.
At least 62 miners have been killed in two major coal mine accidents in China in the last month, according to official media reports. The final death toll is likely to be higher still once rescue efforts have finally been called off.
Failure to cultivate the mind as well as the body leaves China’s athletes ill-equipped to deal with the demands and pressures of today’s job market. Photo Sun Xuguang..
Cui Zhaowei, one of the workers featured in China Labour Bulletin’s 2011 research report on Chinese migrant workers in Singapore, has finally received compensation for the injury he sustained at work in late 2009. Cui, who returned to his home town in rural Shandong in 2010, was awarded S$12,000 for the head injury he suffered on a Singapore construction site just two months after arriving in the country.
Peng Shun, a young migrant worker from Guangxi, talks to Han Dongfang about how he refused to be pushed around by the boss and cheated out of the compensation he was owed for a hand injury sustained at work.
China’s new Social Security Law, which went into effect on 1 July 2011, stipulates that uninsured workers who suffer a work-related injury can apply to a local government Work-related Injury Fund for an advance payment if their employer refuses to pay compensation. However, an investigation by a legal-aid centre in Beijing shows that one year after the implementation of the Social Security Law, the vast majority of municipal governments are refusing to set up an advance payments system.
A street cleaner from the north-eastern city of Harbin suffered a stroke while at work but was denied work-related injury status because she did not die. Local authorities claimed that China’s Work-related Injury Insurance Regulations only recognised cases in which victims died within 48 hours of the onset of sudden illness at work.
Twice in one week, 13 workers have been killed in major explosions at Chinese industrial plants. At least 13 people were killed and another 43 injured in an explosion at a chemical factory near the northern city of Shijiazhuang on 28 February, the official Xinhua news agency reported. This follows the death of 13 workers, with another 17 injured, in an explosion at Angang Heavy Machinery, partly owned by the Anshan Iron and Steel Group, one of the three largest steel producers in China, on 20 February.
New research goes beyond the New York Times to show just how disturbing labor conditions at Foxconn, the "Chinese hell factory," really are.
Apple Inc supplier Pegatron Corp's plant in Shanghai was rocked by an explosion over the weekend, the latest in a series of incidents that spotlights safety concerns at factories in China.

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