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Sixty-three-year-old Ding Suozhu has been trying for more than a decade to get occupational illness compensation from his former employer, a PLA enterprise in Shaanxi..
A young migrant worker lost his right arm preventing an accident in a Hunan railway yard. He was hailed as a hero but, as he tells Han Dongfang, he struggled to get his promised compensation.
A Shanghai doctor talks to Han Dongfang about his six-year struggle for justice after being fired from his university and hospital jobs and his nostalgia for the Mao era.
Cui Zhaowei, one of the workers featured in China Labour Bulletin’s 2011 research report on Chinese migrant workers in Singapore, has finally received compensation for the injury he sustained at work in late 2009. Cui, who returned to his home town in rural Shandong in 2010, was awarded S$12,000 for the head injury he suffered on a Singapore construction site just two months after arriving in the country.
Peng Shun, a young migrant worker from Guangxi, talks to Han Dongfang about how he refused to be pushed around by the boss and cheated out of the compensation he was owed for a hand injury sustained at work.
China’s new Social Security Law, which went into effect on 1 July 2011, stipulates that uninsured workers who suffer a work-related injury can apply to a local government Work-related Injury Fund for an advance payment if their employer refuses to pay compensation. However, an investigation by a legal-aid centre in Beijing shows that one year after the implementation of the Social Security Law, the vast majority of municipal governments are refusing to set up an advance payments system.
A construction worker from Shandong tells Han Dongfang about his long-running battle to be properly dismissed and get the compensation he is legally entitled to.
A former worker at an artificial diamond plant in Guangdong talks to Han Dongfang about his efforts to get compensation from the company that made him and hundreds of his colleagues sick with pneumoconiosis.
Amendments to China’s Law on the Prevention and Treatment of Occupational Diseases (职业病防治法), approved by the National People’s Congress on 31 December 2011, will go some way to ease the ordeal workers face in getting diagnosed and compensated for occupational disease, according to a leading labour rights activist.
Miner He Quangui is ready to die. Often hit by coughing fits and breathlessness, he is one of hundreds of thousands in China who have contracted silicosis from working in the country's gold, coal or silver mines. And there is no safe cure.


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