Months of protests against unfair capacity reduction efforts reached a new heights in early October for miners at Qinghemen mine in Fuxin, Liaoning.
For months the company had used various methods to force workers to leave voluntarily, from putting them on unpaid leave to pressuring them into early retirement. Finally when the company proposed to buy them out at a reduced rate, workers raised their discontent in a workers congress in September. When no solution was reached, hundreds of workers marched to a local government building to demand proper compensation for layoffs.
One worker remarked, “We have no problem with early retirement and buyouts, (…) we just want standard compensation.”