China Sees Protest Surge By Workers

From Wall Street Journal:

Labor disputes in China have surged over the past year as workers have taken to the streets to demand better working conditions, according to a study by a labor-rights group.

The Hong Kong-based China Labour Bulletin said the number of protests last year rose to about 127,000 from 87,000 in 2005, the last year the government issued such figures. The latest figure was based on published reports.

The number of labor arbitration cases rose to 693,000 last year, compared with 350,000 in 2007, the study said, citing government figures.

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