Saturday, July 21, 2007

Slave labour “normal” in today’s China, says Han Dongfang

07/21/2007 CHINA

Slave labour “normal” in today’s China, says Han Dongfang

The founder of China’s first independent trade union talks about the brick kiln slave scandal. Slave labour is symptomatic of society in which those in power distort the common good for personal gain and hide their misdeeds. Deng Xiaoping’s black and white cat analogy has led to a society where the powerless get crushed.Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) – The presence of thousands of slave workers in Henan and Shanxi brick kilns was an open secret. Police knew about it; local authorities knew about it. Brick buyers and many residents knew about. But no one did anything about it. For Han Dongfang, founder of China’s first independent trade union, it “is just the tip of the iceberg” of a political system that...

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