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Chinese man jumps to death after failing to get hundreds of thousands of yuan in unpaid wages from ex-boss

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 October, 2016, 11:26am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 October, 2016, 11:26am

A man jumped to his death from a building in eastern China on Tuesday after failing repeatedly to get his salary – totalling hundreds of thousands of yuan – from his former employer.

The man, identified only by his surname Li, had been trying to locate his former employer at the building in Changfeng county, Anhui province, according to Anhui Commercial News.

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Li, in his 50s, reportedly started working with his former boss, a businessman, eight years ago but had been owed his salary – amounting to a six-figure sum in yuan – over the years, the report quoted Li’s family as saying.

Li tried repeatedly to retrieve his wages from the businessman, but to no avail, the report said.

On Tuesday morning, Li went to the building that he and his former boss had built in 2008 to confront the man, but he could not be found.

Angered and frustrated, he then threw himself off the 6th floor of the building, according to the report.

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Li’s family said Li had been under tremendous pressure as the money he was owed also included other workers’ wages. The authorities were now looking in the matter, the report said.

It is not uncommon in China for migrant workers to be owed their wages. These workers often face a lack of means to get their money back from their employers.