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Xiong Gaolin is one of the lucky ones: a victim of occupational disease in China who has actually received reasonable compensation. However, it took him nearly four years to get that money and there are still issues left unresolved. Xiong could have just accepted part-payment but, like many other workers with occupational illness in China, he is determined to fight on until justice is finally done.
Harbin postal worker, Chen Huai’en tells Han Dongfang how an official's desire to save face resulted in the blocking of his state disability benefits. Photograph by Lara Warman @
The family of a badly injured worker demand justice from the world’s largest maker of electronics at an arbitration hearing in Shenzhen. Frontpage photograph of Foxconn factory in Shenzhen by CLB.
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.


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