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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
Before employees can make a claim for work-related injury or occupational disease compensation at their local Labour Dispute Arbitration Committee (LDAC), their degree of disability has been assessed and officially certified by the Labour Appraisal Committee. There are ten grades of disability, determined by the Standard Assessment of the Seriousness of Work-related Injuries
China Labour Bulletin appears in the following article. Copyright remains with the original publisher. December 23, 2007 By David Lague
The following is an updated list of imprisoned labour rights activists in China jointly compiled by China Labour Bulletin and the Hong Kong Liaison Office of the international trade union movement (IHLO)
Migrant workers, for a long time the most marginalized and discriminated group in the Chinese workforce, are now using the legal system to fight back and some are winning notable victories in the courts

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