Hundreds of Chinese pensioners protest over payments

Feb 22 (Reuters) – Hundreds of Chinese retirees who worked for a company which built the massive Three Gorges Dam have blocked streets in protest about pensions over the past three days, China’s official Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday.

The pensioners, who worked for Gezhouba Group, are complaining that their pension payments have been calculated unfairly, Xinhua said in an English-language report.

The protest has now entered its third day, and hundreds of people have blocked traffic on the streets in Yichang in central Hubei province where the company is based, it added.

“Most of the protesters are aged between 60 and 70, and relatives and onlookers have joined them at the site of the protest,” Xinhua said. “The protesters have also complained about unreasonable terms in the company’s medical care policy.”

Gezhouba has promised to look into their complaints and increase pension payments, the report added.

A company official reached by telephone declined to comment.

Xinhua said the company has over 20,000 retirees. It has a Shanghai-listed unit called China Gezhouba Group Corp .

The 185-metre tall Three Gorges Dam began operations in 2005 and is the world’s largest hydropower project.

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