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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.
Hundreds of workers on Kweichow Moutai’s construction sites have contracted the pneumoconiosis and dozens have already died. Photograph by the smiths @flickr.com
AN AMERICAN factory boss in China held hostage for five days by workers said he won't be released until a labour dispute is resolved.
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.

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