Last year, households of workers with black lung disease lived on an average monthly per capita income of just 393 yuan, down by 16 per cent from a year earlier, according to a survey by Love Save Pneumoconiosis, with three per cent receiving zero income last year. Photo: AP Last year, households of workers with black lung disease lived on an average monthly per capita income of just 393 yuan, down by 16 per cent from a year earlier, according to a survey by Love Save Pneumoconiosis, with three per cent receiving zero income last year. Photo: AP
Last year, households of workers with black lung disease lived on an average monthly per capita income of just 393 yuan, down by 16 per cent from a year earlier, according to a survey by Love Save Pneumoconiosis, with three per cent receiving zero income last year. Photo: AP

China’s 6 million ‘black lung’ workers living on just US$61 a month, with most struggling to survive

  • Pneumoconiosis, also known as black lung disease, is incurable and caused by long term exposure to dust in workplaces and is most common among coal miners
  • The plight of some six million migrant workers in China currently suffering from the disease is set to be discussed at the ‘two sessions’ meetings in Beijing

Topic |   Two Sessions 2021 (Lianghui)
Last year, households of workers with black lung disease lived on an average monthly per capita income of just 393 yuan, down by 16 per cent from a year earlier, according to a survey by Love Save Pneumoconiosis, with three per cent receiving zero income last year. Photo: AP Last year, households of workers with black lung disease lived on an average monthly per capita income of just 393 yuan, down by 16 per cent from a year earlier, according to a survey by Love Save Pneumoconiosis, with three per cent receiving zero income last year. Photo: AP
Last year, households of workers with black lung disease lived on an average monthly per capita income of just 393 yuan, down by 16 per cent from a year earlier, according to a survey by Love Save Pneumoconiosis, with three per cent receiving zero income last year. Photo: AP
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