Workers’ Legitimate Rights Must Not Be Infringed Upon

On July 20 and 21, 300 workers from the Guizhou Dazhong Rubber Company held a sit-in to protest their bosses’ embezzlement of government resources and exploitation of workers’ interests, and to ask the authorities to address the problems. On July 20, the authorities sent an official to the protest location to read a statement, and then deployed riot police to threaten the workers. The workers vowed to continue the protest until the matter is resolved. On July 21, a citizen reporter wrote: “China’s workers have grasped this simple truth: in order to protect their legitimate rights and interests, they must rally together in a common struggle, and it is paramount that they join forces and persevere.”

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