Putting Cadres to Work

Don Weinland at Global Voices Online looks at the breakdown of the “cadre labor participation” system in China:

A Chinese scholar is asking why the Chinese socialist tradition of “cadre labor participation” is no longer practiced among current leadership and suggests its discontinuation may be linked with deteriorating work conditions in China.

Wu Li, a foreign language and foreign affairs specialist, wrote in the Chinese newspaper Southern Weekend that the participation of leadership in manual labor among the people may be effective in reducing dangerous working conditions in China.

[…] Wu’s call for reviving the “cadre labor participation system” may be prompted by the growing number of mining disasters in China. On Nov. 21 an explosion in China’s northeastern province of Heilongjiang killed at least 92 miners. The BBC reported that over 3000 people were killed in mining related accidents in 2008, down from 6000 in 2004.

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