» 04/03/2009, 00.00
Migrant worker blows himself up because he was not paid
Han, 42, worked in 2007 but said he had not received 4,500 yuan (450 euros). The company denies the debt. Labor rights have little protection in China, and workers often take to the streets to protest or perform extreme actions.
Jia Qinling: Maintaining order and social stability in Tibet
The Political Consultative Conference is underway, and the National People's Congress meets in two days. The Chinese leader calls for maintaining the "harmonious society," urging that workers not be fired and their pay not be withheld in the face of a deepening economic crisis. Repression of the Tibetans has been approved. Beijing is under tighter police control than it was during the Olympics.
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Authorities in Henan warn workers against suicide threats over back wages
Zhengzhou wants to punish migrant workers who threaten suicide to get what is owed to them, a growing practice that has caught the attention of national media. At the same time, the authorities want employers to set up accounts for workers who are not paid on time, and plan a score point system to rank companies.
Contradictions in China’s society: industrial workers and farmers at the bottom of the wage scale
Officially an industrial worker makes just over 1,300 yuan (US$ 170) a month, but the actual figure is much lower. Securities sector pays 11 times more whilst farmers have to survive on 400 yuan a month. More workers protest against unpaid wages.
Chinese Communist Party bans media from reporting social problems
In Hubei, workers clash with police over back wages and police attempt to “free” company boss. The Communist Party’s Propaganda Department bans media from reporting any social issue, including rising prices.
Migrant worker sets himself ablaze in Tiananmen Square
He had not been paid for months. More than 90% of migrant workers do not receive regular wages. Many try to commit suicide.
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