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Smartphones und Tablets sind elementarer Bestandteil des Alltags geworden. Bei der Gewinnung der notwendigen Rohstoffe und bei der Produktion der Geräte herrschen oft aber unmenschliche Bedingungen. Geht das auch anders?
Wage levels in China have increased continually over the last two decades as the economy has developed and the private sector has created new employment opportunities. However, disparities among geographic regions, industrial sectors and between top executives and ordinary workers have also increased significantly, widening the rich-poor gap. Photo: Workers in Yan'an demand equal pay for equal work.
Relatives of workers killed as fire engulfed a chicken processing plant in rural northeast China blocked traffic and scuffled with police on Tuesday, demanding answers to one of China's worst industrial disasters in recent years. At least 120 people died, and more than 70 were injured.
Bangladesh currently gives its workers and their families a fixed lump sum for workplace accidents regardless of crucial factors like a worker's loss of potential earning and an employer's extent of responsibility. Most companies also do not insure their workers against workplace injury and death. Labour activists demand that a dead worker's family be compensated an amount equal to his lifetime's earnings. And according to the International Labour organisation, an injured worker is entitled to 60 percent of his prior earnings as periodical payment for temporary or permanent disability.
The Chinese Dream has been analysed and interpreted in many different ways since President Xi Jinping first floated the idea at this year’s National People’s Congress. But perhaps the biggest difference is between how China’s workers and the official trade union see that dream.
As China boomed around 200 men set out from Shuangxi's rural idyll to build its infrastructure and skyscrapers. Now lung disease from dust has killed a quarter of them and 100 more are waiting to die.
A group of 14 sanitation workers in the southern city of Foshan are demanding 1.5 million yuan in compensation for wages in arrears and years of unpaid overtime, holidays, social insurance contributions and other allowances.
More than half the strikes and worker protests recorded by CLB last month occurred in the service sector, with protests by transport workers being particularly prevalent. A total of 45 protests were recorded on CLB’s strike map in April, about the same level as in March. There were 27 incidents in the service sector and 17 of those were in transport. Photograph of worker protest outside Yamada store in Jiangsu.
A Hong Kong labour rights organisation says an estimated six-million workers in China are suffering from a deadly occupational disease, but receiving no aid.
In CLB’s third report on pneumoconiosis in China, we highlight the efforts of the workers fighting for justice, the support they have received from civil society, and the response of the government.


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