China Labour Bulletin Weekly Roundup No. 18

Hubei Community Teachers Launch Major Civil Rights Campaign

Second Wal-Mart union established
A group of 42 employees in Shenzhen have established the second Chinese trade union in Wal-Mart, just one week after the first one was set up in Fujian province, according to official media.

18 miners die in gas leak accident
Eighteen miners were killed in a coal mine gas leak accident in Ningwu county, Shanxi Province, according to Xinhua. The report said a collapse occurred in the ground within the mining area of Dahuiyao Coal Mine in Ningwu county at noon on 4 August which caused a fire.

Wal-Mart gets first trade union, official reports say
Thirty employees at a Wal-Mart store in Fujian voted to form a trade union last Saturday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The report said a 29-year-old employee, Ke Yunlong, was elected chairman of the seven-member committee of the trade union at a Wal-Mart store in Quanzhou, Fujian Province in southeastern China.

More than 1,000 workers riot at factory producing toys for McDonald’s, US-based labour rights group reports

Beijing KFC accused of unfair employment system<br>

Hundreds of former bank employees protest over redundancies

Village children missing, believed kidnapped climbs to 20

Rural migrant worker sets himself on fire on Tiananmen Square