Protecting the rights of cross-border migrant workers

Legal Daily (法制日报)published an intriguing news item. Relatives of two Sichuanese workers who worked at a Yunnanese-owned mine in Burma and disappeared after a traffic accident turned to a migrant-worker rights-protection agency in Yunnan, 云南省农民工法律援助维权中心. The agency contacted “relevant government organs” and got the employer to pay compensation of 540 thousand yuan.

What is interesting is that migrant workers who worked abroad were included in the category of nongmingong, “peasant workers,” and in the institutions of “rights defense” 维权 , which often carries an overtone of dissidence against state power in labour rights cases.

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