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- 08:57pm Mar 25, 2002 EST (#830
... In neighbouring Liaoyang, factory workers are also
angry. This is Han Dong Fang, the Director of the China Labour
Bulletin, a Hong Kong based labour rights group.
HAN: They laid off the workers with little compensation and some
of them they even the workers were being laid off without anything.
And until today they spent all their money and they still cannot see
any future, they cannot find new jobs, and at the same time they see
all these really corrupted officials, including those factory
managers and government officials they get really, really rich. So
that's really a result of a non-democratic enterprise reform.
LOPRESTI: Nearly 20 years of market economic reforms have left
millions unemployed or under-employed in northeast China as
thousands of ailing state-run enterprises have either closed or
And if the recent public protests are any guide, China could see
more labour unrest in the months and years ahead as state firms
prepare to shed more jobs to face up to foreign competition
following China's entry to the World Trade Organisation.
HAN: We're losing jobs, we're losing enterprises, we're losing
factories, we're losing companies, and that will cause more and more
people lose their jobs and even without the WTO things will get
worse and worse. Now, with WTO, I would say the WTO probably will
open the cover and let people see what really happens under the
TANG: I think in the next 12 months, you know more and more
workers will become unemployed and more and more of this sort of
labour unrest will take place.
LOPRESTI: Elizabeth Tang from the Hong Kong Confederation of
A lot of the blame for the labour unrest sits at the feet of
China's stern willed premier Zhu Rongji, yet despite his pending
departure this October and a sure-fired injection of a fresher
younger leadership, Han Dong Fang from the China Labour Bulletin
says nothing can rid China of its endemic corruption.
HAN: Those people who are in power they don't care - what the
Communist Party will do, where the Communist Party will go - they
don't care where the nation will go, they don't care whether the
workers will survive, they don't care whether the farmers will
survive. What they do care is that they use their power in their
period of time as quick as possible, make them as much as possible
money. So whoever is in that position after October I don't think
there is an idea for them to resolve this problem, which is a result
TANG: I'm not optimistic because even with new leadership, the
position of the government is to push ahead this so-called economic
reform and also we see actually the government is planning to put
more control on the workers so that they are not able to 'do'
unrest. But they're not going to tackle the problem at its root
The ABC does not warrant the accuracy of the transcripts.
21/03/2002 20:38:00 | Asia Pacific Programs </sub
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- 09:07pm Mar 25, 2002 EST (#831
The above illustrates why China is not thrilled as the USA
continualy closes her borders to free trade.
A matter to consider re globalisation is what is the true cost
of a product ... in China the 'pollution' costs are a legacy to
the people. A move to include the pollution factor as a real cost
might make dirty industries clean up their international act.
- 09:34pm Mar 25, 2002 EST (#832
A parallel of this should happen to nukes - when will they be
'just' folklore ? http://sln.fi.edu/fellows/fellow1/apr99/abc/x.htm
- 04:22am Mar 26, 2002 EST (#833
New push for peace in Korea before World Cup South Korea
is sending a senior diplomat to Pyongyang in a late effort to
salvage its faltering peace negotiations with its Stalinist
neighbour before this summer's World Cup. http://news.independent.co.uk/world/
- 11:49am Mar 26, 2002 EST (#834
Journals of PROCESS MANAGEMENT such as this :
examine at depth to every aspect of 'process' ..were nuclear
missiles to be examined so, and the ethical, moral, accident and
insurance issues integrated .. the resultant document would be of
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