Edward Cody: System No Help to China’s Laid-Off Workers

I31581-2005Jan23 From the Washington Post: “An ailing unemployed worker in this frigid northeastern city, having exhausted all other options, made one final appeal last month, to President Hu Jintao. In careful ideograms penned from his sickbed, Zhao Lizhong pleaded with the most powerful man in the country to pay attention to the poor and powerless, who, he said, had nowhere else to turn.

‘I told him the electricity company cheated us,’ Zhao recalled, showing the determination that he and a band of laid-off friends have brought to a four-year struggle with the powerful bureaucracy of China’s one-party government.”

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