Wednesday, June 5, 2013

China's nightmarish working conditions: By the numbers

Monday's deadly poultry plant fire calls attention to safety problems that kill tens of thousands of people every year.

A policeman stands guard outside the burned out poultry slaughterhouse in rural northeast China where 119 workers died, trapped behind bolted doors. 

A policeman stands guard outside the burned out poultry slaughterhouse in rural northeast China where 119 workers died, trapped behind bolted doors.

The fire that killed dozens of people inside a locked poultry slaughterhouse in China on Monday has renewed calls for improving the often appalling conditions for workers in the world's second largest economy. A small protest — quickly dispersed by authorities — broke out in front of the charred shell of the plant, and relatives of the victims demanded that plant managers answer for the disaster.

Labor experts said the tragedy reflected a long history of safety problems in Chinese factories. "Throughout China's modern economic development, there has really been very little consideration for the rights and interests of the workers," said Li Qiang, executive director of New York-based China Labor Watch. A numerical look at China's deadly industrial record:

For the rest of the story: http://theweek.com/article/index/245088/chinas-nightmarish-working-conditions-by-the-numbers

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