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.
A former textile-company employee turned businessman who posted online reports about a recent series of protest demonstrations by steel workers in Chongqing has disappeared and is believed to be in police custody.
A crackdown carried out by local police on 7 October against protesting workers from the Chongqing Steel Plant resulted in the death of two women protestors, 24 workers being injured, and the detention of three of the workers' leaders, according to a report by Radio Free Asia.
120 million from countryside find work in citiesAn estimated 120 million people originally from rural backgrounds have found employment in China's cities or in booming coastal areas far from their home provinces, a report released by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security in May 2005 revealed.
China Labour Bulletin appears in the following article. Copyright remains with the original publisher. Waking Up To Their Rights A grassroots movement of activists and lawyers is helping increasingly assertive workers get their due By Dexter Roberts 22 August 2005