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Chinese teen allegedly beaten to death at boot camp

Posted by Author on September 30, 2010

AFP, Sep. 30, 2010 –

BEIJING — A Chinese teenager was allegedly beaten to death at a boot camp for troubled youths that his mother had lured him to attend by promising he was going to study IT, state media said Thursday.

Chen Shi, 16, died two days after enrolling in Beiteng School in Changsha, capital of central China’s Hunan province, having been beaten up when he refused to run during training, the Beijing Times reported.

According to witnesses, an instructor — helped by two others — beat him with a plastic pipe, handcuffs and a wooden baton when he refused to run.

The incident comes amid controversy over China’s hundreds of boot camps that aim to discipline unruly youths or wean them off web addictions. Read the rest of this entry »

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China tax office blast– 4 killed, 19 hurt: state media

Posted by Author on July 31, 2010

AFP, July 31, 2010 –

BEIJING — Four people were killed and 19 injured Friday in a blast at a tax office in central China that police said appeared to be a deliberate attack, state media reported.

The explosion went off at about 4:15 pm on the third floor of a district tax office in Changsha, capital of Hunan province, Xinhua news agency said, quoting a police statement.

According to police, initial investigations indicated it was a planned attack, Xinhua said. The report gave no details of possible suspects or the motive for the attack.

Police sealed off the building in central Changsha and blocked nearby roads for investigation after workers were evacuated, Xinhua said.

All the windows on the third floor were shattered and large blood stains could be seen on the stairs, the news agency said.

China sees thousands of cases of violent social unrest each year, typically as marginalised segments of society lash out over illegal seizures of their land, environmental degradation, government corruption or other grievances.

Separately, in the northeastern province of Jilin, one person was killed and 20 injured in a series of blasts at a barber’s shop, Xinhua said.

Four firefighters were among those injured in the explosions which occurred around 4:45 pm Friday in the provincial capital Changchun.

Firefighters and workers from a gas supply company were at the site, it said.

Police were investigating the cause of the explosions.


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Thousands of Workers From Two Factories Protest For Welfare Issues in Southern China

Posted by Author on April 16, 2008

By Gu Qing’er, Epoch Times Staff, Apr 10, 2008-Workers protest (1) Changsha Heavy Machinery Factory

On April 7 and 8, thousands of workers employed at the Huayun Machinery Factory and the Changsha Heavy Machinery Factory, both in Hunan Province, had a sit-in protest inside the facilities. Workers demanded that their employers follow state policies and resolve their welfare issues such as wage compensation and placement fees. The protest went peacefully.

(photo at right: Workers protest in Changsha Heavy Machinery Factory/the epochtimes)

At 7:30 a.m. on April 7, workers of the Changsha Heavy Machinery Factory started a sit-in protest in the factory. At 9:30 a.m., workers of the Huayun Machinery Factory did the same. A banner hanging at the front door of the Huayun Factory said “We strongly demand that provincial or municipal commissioners send a team to investigate corruption in the factory,” “Workers protecting theirWorkers protest (2) Changsha Heavy Machinery Factory legal rights.”

A worker from the Huayun factory, who wishes to remain anonymous said, “Everyone out there did it out of his/her own will. About 1,000 people from our factory and 2,000 people from the Changsha factory participated. This protest involves everyone’s rights. We all went. The workers sat there from 8 a.m. until the time they usually get off work.”

(photo at rights: large protest banner at Changsha Heavy Machinery Factory/the epochtimes)

The workers want their compensation, placement fee, redundancy pay, and medical care, which they are entitle to by law, but the companies failed to provide. The workers want the local government to solve these problems.

One worker said, “This is a problem caused by the state owned enterprise reform. There are very few factories in Changsha now. Factories here used to make a lot of profit but [during the economic reform] corrupted officials came in and left workers with little money. Most people get several hundred yuan retirement pension and some have even less. The cost of living is so high now. We can’t take it anymore.”

A Changsha factory sales department worker told the reporter, “We were a state owned enterprise, butWorkers protest (3) Huayun Machinery Factory during the reform, the compensation given the workers was too little. Some retired employees and those who had to leave after a certain age blocked the factory’s entrance [to protest].”

On April 7, the local police and the joint defense team came to the protest scene. No police came on April 8. The local government did not send a representative to talk to the protesters.

(photo at rights: workers protest at Huayun Machinery Factory/the epochtimes)

The Huayun Machinery Factory in Hunan Province was a middle-size military enterprise. It was established in 1974 and there used to be over 1,000 employees. The company declared bankruptcy July 2007.

The Changsha Heavy Machinery Factory was a state owned large enterprise established in 1958. Its main products were bucket wheel excavators including dozens of kinds of bucket wheel stacker-reclaimers and blending stacker-reclaimers. The factory employed over 10,000 in the past. After the reform, about 2,000 employees now work in the factory.

– Original report from The Epochtimes
: Thousands of Workers Protest in Southern China

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Why don’t rural migrant workers live in government-subsidised apartments?

Posted by Author on November 4, 2006

China Labour Bulletin, 17 October 2006-

Since 2003, the State Council has issued a series of policies on protection of migrant workers’ rights. While these policies require improving migrant workers’ employment situation, they also require local governments to improve migrant workers’ living conditions by various channels. In recent years, some city governments invested to build apartments for these workers.

These apartments, not only provide necessities such as beds, tables and chairs, and cupboards, but also other supplementary facilities, including canteens, reading rooms, audio-visual rooms, and public toilets. The rents of these apartments are low. If a migrant worker shared an apartment with several other workers, he or she would only need to pay a rent of 30-50 yuan each month. If he or she rented an apartment on his or her own, the monthly rent would only be 120-170 yuan. In large cities in China, the monthly rent of such apartments is usually about 1,000 to 2000 yuan. When most migrant workers receive a monthly salary of about 800 to 1000 yuan, these prices should be acceptable to them. When these apartments were built, they immediately became a hot topic for local media, some of which even called it a “big present” given to migrant workers by the government.

In early September, the People’s Daily and Xinhua Daily Telegraph reported about the situations of two “migrant workers’ apartments”. According to the reports, the Changsha city government in Hunan Province invested to build 618 “migrant workers’ apartments” in January 2005, but only 26 apartments have since been rented out. In late 2004, 4,800 apartments were built for migrant workers in Tianjin by the Tianjin Port Development Holdings Ltd, but up to now it attracted only 1,800 rural migrant workers.

It remains a question why migrant workers are not attracted to these cheap and well-equipped apartments while the living costs in large cities are relatively high for them. According to the analysis of the mainland newspapers, it may be because of the following reasons.

First, the apartments are situated on one area in the city only, while migrant workers have to work in different districts in the city. It would thus cost the migrant workers higher transport fees and more time to travel to work. Many migrant workers would rather choose to live near their workplaces.

Second, migrant workers in the cities mainly work in the construction and renovation industries. In these industries, workers usually live in sheds provided by their employers. Although the living conditions of the sheds are poor, many migrant workers, who earn meagre wages, still prefer to live there to renting flats outside.

Third, there are no kitchens in the apartments for migrant workers. The food provided at the canteens of these apartments cannot satisfy the tastes of migrant workers who come from difference provinces.

Fourth, some migrant workers take their family with them to the city and it is inconvenient for them to share an apartment with other people.

Finally, migrant workers who work in catering, service and processing industries are given food and accommodation by their employers and usually they are not allowed to live outside.

The newspapers’ analysis accurately points out migrant workers’ view these apartments. But if we analyse the central government’s policies on protection of migrant workers’ rights, we can see the deeper reasons for such phenomenon.

First, when the central government and various levels of local governments emphasizes on protecting the rights and improving the working conditions of migrant workers, the government always positions itself as the “saviour” and adopts various policies in the way as if it is giving a “present” to the workers. By using an administrative mindset to respond to migrant workers’ demands, the government sets out a series of glamorous but impractical policies from which the migrant workers receive no benefit.

Moreover, these impractical policies inevitably make people doubt the government’s motive to adopt these measures. After a coal mine accident happens, local government can use the state media to package it as a scene of rescue officers saving injured miners. Therefore, officials can very likely use the “migrant workers’ apartments” as a window dressing programme – the one that can help them gain a “merit” in their political career.

Finally, in China, where sweatshops are rampant in the whole country, a slogan-type of policy and a few apartment buildings which can accommodate nearly a thousand migrant workers simply cannot improve the poor working conditions of migrant workers. In fact, what the workers need are rising the wage level, reducing working hours, improving workplace conditions and ensuring payment of wage arrears.

We still need to look at the issue of protecting migrant workers’ rights from the angle of organising workers. In order to effectively protect migrant workers’ rights, the government first needs to lift the restriction on voluntary union organisation. Then, workers can have their own representatives who can help them fight for their rights through collective bargaining. In a market economy, workers’ rights won’t be effectively protected simply by relying on the government’s “patronizing” policies.

Additional information:

On 27 March, the State Council issued an opinion paper on solving problems regarding migrant workers. It requires local governments to improve migrant workers’ living conditions by various channels. It also requires relevant government departments to improve monitoring and ensure that migrant workers’ living places are up to health and safety standards. Enterprises that employ more rural migrant workers can build staff dormitories within the premises of their enterprises. Enterprises in industrial and development zones can build centralised staff dormitories together to better utilize the land. Local governments should strengthen its policies on planning, development and management in areas where many migrant workers live. They should also include the living problems of migrant workers in their housing development plans. If enterprises in cities and counties that employ migrant workers can afford it, they should provide the workers with urban housing provident fund, the premiums of which should be paid both by the employers and the workers. The migrant workers can use the money to buy or rent their own flats.

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China Reports New H5N1 Bird Flu Outbreak

Posted by Author on September 30, 2006

Washington Post, September 30, 2006-

BEIJING — A new outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu killed 985 chickens in China’s northern region of Inner Mongolia, a state news agency reported Saturday.

The discovery in a village near the city of Baotou prompted authorities to destroy 8,990 other chickens to prevent the virus from spreading, the Xinhua News Agency said.

A laboratory confirmed Friday that the dead birds had the H5N1 strain of the virus, Xinhua said.

The strain has killed at least 148 people worldwide since it started ravaging poultry stocks in Asia three years ago, according to World Health Organization figures.

China has reported dozens of H5N1 outbreaks in its vast poultry flocks and has destroyed millions of birds in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus.

Veterinary experts believe the virus is spread by wild fowl that migrate across China.

Health experts have warned that China is bound to suffer more human cases if it can’t stop further outbreaks in poultry.

China has suffered 13 human deaths from bird flu, including a soldier who died in 2003 but whose infection was only confirmed in August this year through genetic testing.

Eight earlier poultry outbreaks were recorded this year in central China and areas of the north, east and southwest, according to Xinhua.

The most recent was in Changsha in the central province of Hunan, when 1,805 ducks were killed, the agency said. It said a quarantine on the area was lifted Sept. 6 after no new cases were found after three weeks.

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