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  1. News - China - ECONOMY

    'Pickle index’ measures changing tide of Chinese migrant workers

    Posted Aug 13th 2013, 11:48am by Patrick Boehler

    ... to a large, radish-like mustard tuber to measure the country’s urbanisation rate. Consumption patterns of the preserved vegetable, a staple dish of migrant workers, helped researchers track labourers’ ... that would allow migrant workers to enjoy some social services in cities where they do not hold a local hukou, or household registration, in an effort to boost consumption. The reforms are, however, ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Rising costs in China are not an excuse to exploit workers

    Posted Jun 21st 2013, 12:00am by Li Qiang

    ... Li Qiang Li Qiang says it is not just callous but in fact inaccurate to blame the departure of some multinationals from China on the modest wage rises for underpaid migrant workers Core value Consider this statistic: the wealth of China's 1,000 richest people is equal to that of all 263 million migrant workers combined. According to the 2012 Hurun Rich List, the combined ...

  3. News - World - GREECE

    Two arrested in Greece over attack on Bangladeshi migrant labourers

    Posted Apr 18th 2013, 09:00pm by AFP

    ... that the incident was only the latest in a long history of abuse of migrant workers in Greece. PAME said the workers had been fired upon with shotguns and pistols. It claimed 33 were hurt, while the police ... the focal point of a rare strike by hundreds of migrant workers against near-slavery conditions on the fields. The treatment of migrants in Greece has long been criticised by domestic ...

  4. Lifestyle - Books - CHINA

    Book review: China's Silent Army, by Juan Pablo Cardenal and Heriberto Araujo

    Posted Feb 24th 2013, 12:00am by Louise Rosario

    ... tens of thousands comprising China's Silent Army: the Pioneers, Traders, Fixers and Workers Who are Remaking the World in Beijing's Image. The book, by Spanish journalists Juan Pablo ... at home and seek their fortune, however unfavourable the conditions. One such migrant, who had little formal education, arrived in Egypt more than a decade ago and identified the market ...

  5. News - China - SOCIETY

    Migrant workers protest in Beijing over woman's unexplained death

    Posted May 09th 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan and Choi Chi-yuk

    ... Minnie Chan and Choi Chi-yuk Workers take to streets over unexplained death Hundreds of migrant workers staged a rare mass protest in Beijing yesterday, demanding an investigation ... by the death of a migrant worker from Anhui who was found dead on Friday after falling from the five-storey Jingwen Commercial Building, a wholesale garment market in Beijing's southern Fengtai ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Worker suicides bring home need to treat employees with empathy

    Posted May 09th 2013, 12:00am by Paul Yip

    ... of young migrant workers in cities. They are more educated than previous generations but have limited experience of dealing with life's adversities. Their mental well-being is therefore ... workers in Shenzhen alone, mainly young migrants. A spate of suicides at Foxconn during a five-month period in 2010 triggered a public outcry at the working conditions and, as a result, ...

  7. News - China - LABOUR

    Police disperse protesters over death of migrant worker Zhang Derong

    Posted Feb 06th 2013, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li raymond.li@scmp.com Riot police sent in to disperse colleagues and supporters of migrant worker who was beaten to death after a dispute over payment of wages Fury over death in pay clash Authorities in Sichuan's provincial capital, Chengdu, sent about 1,000 riot police to disperse a protest by a group of migrant workers and hundreds of supporters in Wenjiang ...

  8. News - China

    Tragic accidents just part of a hard life for China's 60 million 'left-behind children'

    Posted Jul 12th 2013, 04:32pm by WU NAN

    ... in a state of insufficient care, if not dire poverty. The National Bureau of Statistics reported in 2010 that the number of migrant workers in China had exceeded 240 million. “It’s a pity ... at-risk children and allow social workers to help when necessary. However, a major challenge in establishing it was enlisting the help of government departments- as well as families. “These ...

  9. News - China

    Police footage of Beijing migrant worker moments before 'suicide' sparks cover-up claims

    Posted May 13th 2013, 10:32am by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler Mystery over different clothing in official police surveillance video Police surveillance footage said to show a young migrant worker moments before she fell to her death has sparked accusations of a cover-up after she appeared to be wearing different clothing to that photographed by witnesses at the scene. Migrant worker Yuan Liya died on May 2 when she fell ...

  10. News - China Insider - CRIME

    Migrant worker awaits trial verdict after 'selling' his son for 80,000 yuan

    Posted Dec 12th 2013, 01:59pm by Chris Luo

    ... Chris Luo chris.luo@scmp.com Jia Xiaoping charged with child abduction A Beijing migrant worker is awaiting a verdict after going on trial charged with child abduction. He was found “selling” his newborn baby boy to an adoptive parent for 80,000 yuan (HK$102,000). Jia Xiaoping went on trial in a court in suburban Shunyi District of Beijing on Wednesday after police discovered ...




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