When workers in China reach the statutory retirement age they are no longer technically workers. Under Chinese law, they are deemed not to have an “employment relationship” (劳动关系) and are instead categorized as labour service providers (劳务关系), similar to domestic helpers etc.
Zhang Haichao talks to the Southern Metropolis Daily about his lung transplant operation and his controversial decision to reveal a secret deal with the local government in Henan in which he actually got double the 615,000 yuan compensation that was publicly announced at the time. Photograph by CLB.
Four years ago, a group of stone workers suffering from the deadly lung disease pneumoconiosis petitioned their local government for assistance. Their employer, Guo'an Silica Co. had closed down, leaving them with no insurance and no money to pay their mounting medical bills.