On 8 November 2005, Workers' Daily carried a report titled "An examination of the implementation of the Labour Law: surfacing of deep-rooted labour conflicts in Gansu Province". It revealed that 226,100 workers from 2,857 enterprises were owed wages of 882 million yuan until the end of 2004, which meant an average of 3,900 yuan per head.
China Lawyers' Net recently released a report showing that a rural migrant worker, seeking to recover unpaid wages, would need to spend about three times the amount owed him to have any chance of success.
On 29 October, the Shanghai Daily published an article highlighting the problem that more and more migrant workers in China are contracting occupational diseases as many private enterprises have not provided enough occupational health and safety measures for their workers.
Guangzhou Labour and Social Security Bureau revealed last week that 90% of the pregnant migrant workers in the city could not afford to give birth at licensed hospitals. Instead, they could only give birth with the assistance of unlicensed midwives. There are 300,000 female migrant workers in the city and most of them are not covered by medical insurance, let alone maternity insurance.