China Cracks Down on Labor Practices – Christopher Bodeen

In response to the brick kiln slavery investigations and internet protests, the Chinese government will begin more stringent inspections of workplaces, hoping to better protect migrant workers.

From the Washington Post:

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China on Wednesday announced a new crackdown on illegal labor practices following an outcry over revelations of slave labor at brick factories in the country’s central provinces.

The two-monthlong inspection campaign starting next week will focus on small-scale kilns, coal mines and workshops, according to a statement posted on the central government’s official Web site.

Officials have been ordered to “fix illegal labor practices, attack illegal criminal behavior, conscientiously protect the personal interests of the broad masses of the people, and resolve … problems of the protection of the rights of migrant workers,” the statement said.[Full Text]

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