From Radio Free Asia’s mandarin service, translated by CDT:
Starting on Jan. 6, hundreds of transportation workers with the Qingyang (Â∫ÜÈò≥) Transportation Corp. of Gansu province have resorted to a sit-in in front of the city government to protest over a presumed sell-out plan by city officials to sever 1,400 workers’ employment and benefits, so that the company can be sold cheaply to a real estate developer.
Government officials haven’t shown up for a number of planned meetings with workers for negotiations. A secret deal was to pay the workers 800 yuan for every year they had served the company. There was not payment for any insurances or other benefits. Workers, frustrated by the sell-out, refused to sign off on the deal.
According to overseas Chinese-language reports, Qingyang city government sent out police forces on Jan. 6 to monitor the protesting crowd. [Full Text in Chinese]
– Listen to the audio report here (Chinese)