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At least 13 workers were killed and ten injured in a coal mine fire in the north-eastern province of Liaoning yesterday, while in Heilongjiang on 16 December, a gas explosion has almost certainly killed 19 miners, the official Chinese media reported today.
A coal mine fire in the north-eastern province of Heilongjiang has killed 21 miners, with one of 38 miners working underground at the time still missing, according to the official Chinese media.
The Longmay Mining Group, the largest coal mining company in northeast China, will lay off 100,000 employees, about 40 percent of its current workforce, over the next three months. Photo: Longmay miners protest wage arrears.
Worker unrest in the eastern coastal province of Shandong is on the rise with the number of strikes and protests recorded on CLB’s strike map in July standing at 18, second only to the industrial powerhouse of Guangdong with 23.
Workers in China’s coal, iron ore, gold and silver mining industries have all taken to the streets in protest this year as the economic slowdown continues to impact on mining companies across the country.
A four day search and rescue operation involving hundreds of workers in China’s coal heartland of Shanxi was called off on 23 April after the 21st and final body was discovered in the flooded Jiangjiawan Coal Mine near Datong
China has announced continuing progress in reducing coal mine fatalities, although doubts remain about death counts and cover-ups in one of the most dangerous industries in the world.
This city in China's northern coal country hardly looks like it is in trouble. After three decades fueling China's industrial boom, its wide, tree-lined avenues are filled with late model cars. Markets are crowded with people.
At the end of January, China’s State Administration for Work Safety announced that the total number of coal mine accidents and deaths last year had fallen by 16.3 percent and 14.3 percent respectively. It did not however mention the actual figures.Photograph by lhoon available at
China’s great coal boom is grinding to a halt, and the consequences for both the global climate and hundreds of millions of Chinese factory workers could be dramatic.


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