This research project, which is founded on field research, makes use of over 600 labor injury cases handled by lawyer Zhou Li Tai in order to research the living conditions and claims of injured workers. Th...
This research project, which is founded on field research, makes use of over 600 labor injury cases handled by lawyer Zhou Li Tai in order to research the living conditions and claims of injured workers. This research reflects the basic problems that exist within the laws and judicial system. Through these labor injury cases, the research proposes to reveal the living difficulties faced with Chinese labor, arouse social regard on rights protection of injured workers and their development. This study was funded by Oxfam Hong Kong.
January 1998, Dr. Liu Kaiming happened to meet lawyer Zhou Litai, and his party — more than ten injured workers at a room in Sanhe county Longgang, Shenzhen city. Dr. Liu was strongly touched by their tragedies, and was urged to go into factories, workers dormitories, hospitals to probe into the real stories behind “Shenzhen‘s miracles”. Soon, he found that when these injured workers came to Shenzhen, they were all filled with good dreams. Unfortunately, their dreams were broken when they were injured by machines. Even worse, few of them could receive legal and reasonable compensation over what their bodies endured. So, they seek help from lawyer Zhou to accuse against employers and the local government. Dr. Liu focused his attention on their litigation process all the time. On June 19, 1998, the administration justice court of Shenzhens middle court heard the case, which was Wangqiong and other six workers proceeded against the Social Insurance Supervising Authority Longgang Branch. The final judgment supported Wang qiong and other six workers. Next day, Dr. Liu published this news on the front page of newspaper which he worked for, and reported the difficult process of this case and the disagreement between ‘workers and ‘governors, which attracting highly concern about the Shenzhen‘s working accidents/industrial injury.
The report shows the poor migrant workers are the main part victims of workplace injury and occupational disease. The individuals in most cases in the report are from countryside as economic backbone in their families. Their injury and disease pushed their families into extremely difficult position. The member of investigation group interviewed more than 20 injured workers in Sichuan, Chongqing, Hunan, Anhui and Jiangsu province. Although they got some economic compensation, to themselves and their families, it cannot match with what they paid out. Under the existed countryside social security system, it is really too heavy to undertake the cost of cities modernization and industrialization by poor countryside.
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Executive Director of The Institute of Contemporary Observation (since 2001)
From 1998 onward, Liu Kaiming has been one of Chinas most active experts in the field of corporate social responsibility, and has gained a far-reaching reputation in the fields of labor research, human rights activism, supply-chain risk management, and worker ability development. In March of 2001, he founded the Institute of Contemporary Observation (ICO), Chinas first non-profit organization dedicated to labor development and corporate social responsibility. In March 2003 he became an Advisory Board member of Social Accountability International. In March of 2004 he founded the Migrant Workers Community College, within which ICO could conduct community education. Before founding ICO, he was a professor in Guangxi Normal Universitys Chinese department (1990-1994) and a journalist for the Shenzhen Legal Daily (1997-2002)