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China  Labour  Bulletin  appears  in  this article. Copyright remains with the original publisher Elise Potaka, Beijing October 4, 2008
There are 110 million migrant workers in China aged between 16 and 40 years old.  They left home in the hope of building a better life for themselves and their family, yet when they start a family of their own, they are faced with a stark choice; either take their children to the cities and subject them to institutionalized discrimination, or leave them behind in the countryside in the uncert
China  Labour  Bulletin  appears  in  this article. Copyright remains with the original publisher Tom Mitchell
One year after the Shanxi brickyard slave labour scandal, many reportedly freed slaves have not yet returned home, others are forced to beg for a living, officials who failed in their duty of care are still on the job, and the slave traffickers and slave factories are still in business.
This Wall Street Journal op-ed article was submitted by CLB. Copyright remains with the Wall Street Journal
To mark the implementation of China’s new Labour Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Law, CLB publishes a new report on the numerous problems that remain in China’s labyrinthine and often bewildering labour arbitration and court system for workers seeking redress for violations of their rights.
Four migrant labourers abducted and forced to work in Shanxi’s illegal brickyards are demanding compensation from their former oppressors. In one civil suit, the plaintiff is demanding 435,253 yuan; for the loss of earnings due to the curtailment of his freedom, physical injury and mental distress.
Zhang Guangli was a worker at the No. 1 Steel Plant operated by Angang New Steel Co Ltd., a subsidiary of the Angang Steel Group in Anshan city, Liaoning province. On 23 April 1993, Zhang had four fingers and the skin on the thumb of his left hand torn off while operating a machine at work.
CLB publishes a report on China's coal mining industry focusing on the industry’s appalling safety record, collusion between mine owners and local government officials, and the government’s system of post-disaster management, which is systematically eroding the rights of the bereaved. Photograph by Andi808
Determining how much an employee should get paid for a work-related injury or occupational illness, and who should pay, can be an incredibly complicated process in China. The basic procedures are quite straightforward on paper, involving four basic steps, but these steps can multiply rapidly if at any time the employer or employee challenges the medical evidence or the assessments and rulings by the local labour and social security authorities. Photo by toehk@flckr.com

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