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Workers Go Gangnam Style to Demand Unpaid Wages

The withholding of wages owed to migrant workers often sparks protest in China. In the lead-up to Spring Festival – the only time of the year that many migrant laborers have the chance to see their families – these...

Foxconn Plant Open, But Broader Issues Persist

Foxconn’s Taiyuan plant reopened on Tuesday morning after closing due to a worker riot, and the company expects little impact to production as it gets back to the business of assembling electronics for the likes of...

Child Protesters Reap Success For Migrant Workers

Children of migrant laborers who had long been owed wages from a tourism company in Dali, Yunnan province joined their parents in protest this week. The company received a court order to to pay up months ago, but refused to do...

Protesters Clash with Police in Southern China

After a migrant worker was stabbed in Chaozhou Guangdong, when he demanded his unpaid wages, hundreds of people clashed with police. AFP reports: Eighteen people were injured and nine were detained in Guangdong province’s...

China Warns Locals to Settle Migrant Pay Disputes

The central government has warned local officials that they need to settle disputes with migrant workers over unpaid wages before the Lunar New Year holiday, which starts on February 14. From AP: The rare urgent warning from the...

China 2008: Human Rights

This next installment in the CDT series on important issues facing China in 2008 concerns the state of human rights in China.  See also these previous China 2008 articles: China and the Developing World, Nationalism, Internet...

My Heart Aches For The Vulnerable Ones

Guangzhou-based writer and blogger Hengjun Yang (杨恒均) wrote the following post on his blog, translated by CDT’s Linjun Fan. I had to exit the highway because of a traffic jam on my way back to Guangzhou after a trip to...

Why Migrant Workers Praise the Law

The Shanghai Daily News reports that migrant workers have some hope to resolve their woes with free legal assistance in the northwestern city of Xi’an in Shaanxi Province. Running with a budget of less than 7,000 yuan...

Slideshow: New Year and New Unpaid Migrant Workers

On Feb 5, 2008, nine migrant construction workers, holding up signs that read “repay my blood and sweat,” (还我血汗钱) blocked the main road near Dabeiyao Bridge and Jianwai Soho in Beijing, causing serious traffic jams....

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