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Eleanor Goodman translates ten poems by former Foxconn worker Xu Lizhi: “An important voice in Chinese poetry, one that was silenced much too soon.”
More than 70 people are feared dead after a massive wave of mud and construction debris inundated an industrial park in the northern suburbs of Shenzhen on 20 December destroying or burying 33 buildings.
Workers and residents in Shenzhen, one of China’s wealthiest cities, had warned the government for two years about the dangers posed by a rising heap of construction waste on its outskirts.
A butcher who wants to run for union leader at a Walmart store in Shenzhen finds himself at a disadvantage as he challenges his employer and China's unsupportive union system. While national reform of China's only officially-recognized union will happen soon, currently workers who want to engage in collective bargaining can only count on NGOs and self-support groups to defend their labor rights.
Wal-Mart is the latest frontier in China’s nascent labor rights movement.
An attempt by employees of Walmart in China to take charge of their labor union to negotiate collectively on behalf of workers has already run into difficulties, a Walmart employee told RFA.
Walmart workers in Shenzhen are stepping up their efforts to hold the company’s first-ever democratic trade union election, nine years after Walmart first agreed to allow trade unions in its China stores.
Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn has sacked 16 workers in one of its factories in southern China after the workers protested over social benefits, according to NGO China Labor Bulletin.
Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics manufacturer, has dismissed 16 workers at its massive Longhua facility in Shenzhen for staging a protest over the alleged non-payment of social insurance contributions.
Company recruiters continually complain to anyone who will listen that it is impossible for them to find the right people for the jobs they are offering. Apparently, at no point do they stop to consider that it is their own pre-conceptions about who the right person should be that is creating their problems

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