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China Labour Bulletin Weekly Roundup No. 25 (2006-11-17)
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Over 1,000 state-owned enterprise workers protest
against unfair layoff compensation

More than 1,000 workers of a state-owned enterprise in <span
lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Gansu
lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'> province staged a protest against
being laid off and given unfair compensation after the company was privatized. [<a

  • mso-list:l1 level1 lfo2;tab-stops:list 36.0pt'>Labour <span
    class=SpellE>rights struggle

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Labour rights group cracked down for organising
mass signature campaign

A Shenzhen-based labour rights group was forcibly closed down for organising a
mass campaign aiming to collect one million signatures calling for the
government to scrap the labour dispute arbitration handling fee. [<a

  • mso-list:l2 level1 lfo3;tab-stops:list 36.0pt'>Coal
    mine accidents

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The best way to reduce coal mine accidents is to
allow miners monitor their work safety

A total of 104 miners have been killed in a series of
coal mine accidents across <span
lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>China
lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'> in the past eight days, according
to the State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS). SAWS officials recently
admitted that coal mine safety was growing worse. "There is a stronger
demand for coal in winter as it is the major material for heating in most parts
of EN-GB'>China<span lang=EN-GB
style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>. For this reason, coal mines try to produce
more than they can manage," a SAWS official said. [<a

  • mso-list:l3 level1 lfo4;tab-stops:list 36.0pt'>Government
    policies on labour issues

State Council issues policy summary on the 11th
five-year plan on labour and social security

The State Council issued the summary of the 11th five-year plan (2006 -
2010) on labour and social security on 9 November. According to the summary,
lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>China
lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'> will face serious challenge in
labour and social security affairs in the next five years and the biggest
challenge will be on employment. [<a
lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Read More<span
lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>]

Two policies adopted on rural migrants’ residential status in urban areas

More than 140 million rural residents left their home villages to go to work in
cities and towns. Since they didn’t have residential status (<span
class=SpellE>hukou) in the cities and towns, they could not enjoy the
benefits given to urban residents, such as free nine-year compulsory education
to their children, medical insurance, unemployment insurance and minimum living
allowance. In response to these problems, the central government has adopted
two measures in the residency system reform since 1997. [<a
lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>Read More<span
lang=EN-GB style='mso-ansi-language:EN-GB'>]

Government launches new website on rural migrant

The central government’s website has opened a special section on enhancing
service and management to rural migrant workers and the protection of migrant
workers’ rights, the URL of which is [<a

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