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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
China Labour Bulletin appears in the following article. Copyright remains with the original publisher. Chinese factories struggle to hire Paul Wiseman USA Today 11 April 2005
Dust fills the air as thousands of workers, most of them from poverty-stricken provinces, are hunched over their workbenches in foreign invested factories in southern China polishing semi-precious stones which will be sold in luxury shops overseas.
Sixty miners were killed in an explosion on 19 March at the Xishui Colliery in Shouzhou City, a major coalmining area in Shanxi Province, and another ten miners are currently still missing. Four of the mine’s owners have been detained by the police, state media reported.
Eighty-three automobile workers from Chongqing have collectively sued the official municipal federation of trade unions for neglect of its legal responsibilities, although the court has not yet officially endorsed the lawsuit.
A total of 6,027 miners were killed in 3,639 coalmine accidents in 2004, according to the latest government statistics.
China Labour Bulletin appears in the following article. Copyright remains with the original publisher.A tale of two countries
About 40,000 farmers staged protests last week against a dam project in the southwestern province of Sichuan. 100,000 villagers’ homes would be flooded if the plan went ahead, according to media reports.
About 3,000 workers protested outside the Computime factory in Shenzhen on the morning of 6 October, blocking road traffic for four hours, in an effort to press the company’s management to ameliorate their exploitative conditions of employment.

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