We select the top labour news of China every week to give foreign readers a quick glimpse of what is happening in China’s labour scene.

Jennifer Zhang Asia, China,

Truckers go on strike at China’s Ningbo Port, disrupt freight

Thousands of truck drivers went on strike over salary and haulage rates in the eastern Chinese port of Ningbo this week, and a logistics firm said on Friday the industrial action was disrupting operations at the world’s sixth busiest port.

Source: Reuters

China arrests three over deadly factory blast: Xinhua

China on Wednesday (Aug 20) arrested three managers of a Taiwanese-invested car parts factory where a massive explosion this month killed 75 people, state media said.

Source: Channel News Asia

China Coal Mine Blast Leaves 29 Workers Trapped

An explosion in an eastern Chinese mine has left rescuers battling to save 29 miners trapped by the blast. According to China Central Television, approximately 30 rescue workers were attempting to reach the trapped staff in the private mine in Huainan city in Anhui province. However, the rescuers are waiting for heavy rescue equipment to arrive at the scene before attempting to reach the miners.

Source: International Business Times

Study examines wage disparity among obese workers in China

New research that analyzes economic disparity among obese Chinese adults shows that there is no wage disparity for obese women in China, but there is pay inequality among obese men.

Source: Phys Org

50 Chinese arrested in the Philippines for working illegally

A spokeswoman for the Bureau of Immigration, Elaine Tan, said that the suspects had been working on tourist visas. The mainlanders were arrested on Tuesday in three separate raids conducted by the bureau in and around the capital, Manila. Twenty-nine Chinese nationals had been working at a retail business in the capital. The rest were employed as construction workers in neighbouring Quezon City and Malabon City.

Source: SCMP

Featured article: The tragedy of the village that built Kunshan Zhongrong

A week after the massive explosion at a factory in Kunshan that killed at least 75 workers and injured 185 others, a reporter from China Youth Daily travelled to Songxiaozhuang, a small village in the heartland of China that was intimately connected with the factory.

Source: China Labour Bulletin

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Jennifer Zhang is USi’s China coordinator based in Hong Kong.

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