by Cai Chongguo On 5 April 2005, the General State Administration of Work Safety announced that 1,113 miners had been killed in the first three months of 2005, an increase of more than 20 percent compared to the same period in 2004.
Child labour in China is hardly a new phenomenon. For years, despite official regulations banning the employment of minors (defined by Chinese law as those under sixteen years of age), teenagers and even pre-adolescents from poorer regions of China have been drawn to the rapidly developing southern and coastal areas looking for work.
The following is an interview with Xu Jian, a labour rights lawyer from Baotou City in the province of Inner Mongolia. Between 1999 and 2003, Xu Jian was jailed by Chinese authorities on a series of trumped-up charges (including "incitement to subvert state power").
June 4 Special Issue: Jailed in China for Defending Workers' Rights Contents: REMEMBERING JUNE 4, 1989 AND THE STRUGGLE FOR WORKERS RIGHTS IN CHINA A LIST OF IMPRISONED LABOUR RIGHTS ACTIVISTS IN CHINA AN INTERVIEW WITH LABOUR RIGHTS LAWYER XU JIAN
More than a million migrant workers in Guangdong Province may not receive pensions when they retire. Being registered as residents outside Guangzhou, they are dependent on their employers to set up pension schemes and to contribute to the premium payments.
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