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China Labour Bulletin Weekly Roundup No. 16 (2006-07-21

Labour News

  • Protests and labour struggles

Hundreds of former bank employees protest over redundancies

than 200 laid-off employees from the Industrial and Commercial Bank of
China (ICBC) staged a sit-in protest in central Beijing this week,
demanding their jobs back and protesting against the inadequate
redundancy compensation they received. Most of those protesting had
been laid off by the bank, China’s largest lender, four years ago. [Read More]

Rural migrant worker sets himself on fire on Tiananmen Square

A rural migrant worker set himself on fire on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on 20 July reportedly due to unpaid wages. [Read More]

  • Industrial accidents

Update : 53 killed in Shanxi coal mine

total of 53 miners died after an explosion occurred at a coal mine in
Shanxi province, as rescue work ended four days after the accident. [Read More]

63 killed and 26 trapped in three separate coal mine accidents

Sixty-three people were killed and 26 others were trapped in three separate coal mine accidents on 15 July. [Read More]

  • Occupational health and safety

Occupational illnesses and injuries cost China 100 billion yuan per year, official warns

cost of occupational illnesses and work-related injuries has soared to
100 billion yuan (US$12.5 billion) in direct losses every year,
underscoring the risk to workers’ health in modern China, a senior
health official warned recently. [Read More]

  • Migrant workers’ children

Village children missing, believed kidnapped climbs to 20

children aged seven to eight years old disappeared from a village near
Dongguan City in Guangdong province in recent weeks, bringing the
number of missing children from Dongguan to 20 in less than a year. [Read More]