Labor protests in China are on the rise, with more than 500 protests in January alone after more than 2,700 strikes and protests were recorded last year, The New York Times reported, citing data from labor rights group China Labour Bulletin. Protests in have been most pronounced in manufacturing and construction industries. Last week, hundreds if not thousands of angry employees of the biggest coal firm in northeastern China, state-owned Longmay Mining Group, staged one of the most provocative protests over unpaid salaries yet, denouncing Heilongjiang’s provincial governor as he and other senior leaders gathered for an annual meeting of the country’s rubber-stamp legislature in Beijing.
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