Monday, January 26, 2009

Gung Hay Fat Choy


This New Year is different. The flood back to the countryside began early, in December, and many millions in the army of migrant workers will not be returning when the holiday ends later this week because their jobs have disappeared.

"How could the workers not fight back? What else could they do to defend themselves?"

On Jan. 6, the Guangdong provincial prosecutor's office issued a statement urging prosecutors not to arrest or detain technical and management staff or legal representatives of firms suspected of involvement in "general" crimes. The Guangdong authorities justified the measure in the name of "protecting normal business operations."

In 2008, 670,000 small and medium-size businesses closed, laying off an estimated 10 million people, mostly migrant workers. The government of agricultural Henan province announced that 3.7 million jobless migrants recently returned. In industrial Guangdong province, more than 600,000 migrants have left for home, and the provincial governor says another 1 million could leave in coming months as more businesses close or lay off employees.

"These are people who feel they have nothing to lose, because there's nothing for them."

Not forgetting that today is also. . .


Blogger The Plump said...

See - write on something serious and of consequence about labour struggles that isn't about the Middle East and the commenters disappear. What does that say????

12:04 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

I have half a mind to write a post with the headline - "I'm being stifled by Zionists. Where's the outrage?" just to see how much traffic it generates.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Kurt Langmann said...

Give it a little time and someone will disinter the corpse of Ezra Pound to blame it all on the Rothschilds...

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And at least 100 dead civilians in Sri Lanka during the latest military action. Oddly, I can't locate any local outrage on the matter: funny, that.

2:01 PM  

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