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The Mainland's Migrant Workers; In-depth Interview - Departing British Consul Stephen Bradley (28 Mar 2008)


More than 10%, and possibly as many as 13%, of China's population are migrant workers. They ’ ve played a major role in the country's recent economic success story. But they are often badly treated. Cases of illegally low pay, abusive factory conditions, and contract violations, are commonplace. In March, for the first time, China appointed three migrant workers to the National People's Congress. There have been criticisms that the appointments represent a token gesture by the government towards resolving the country's most pressing labour issues. There are still huge imbalances of power between employers and workers that need to be addressed. After our filmed report, Geoffrey Crothall of the China Labour Bulletin, joins us to talk about the issue. Stephen Bradley has been Britain's Consul-General to Hong Kong since December 2003, but his connections here go back much further. He first visited Hong Kong in 1977 for personal reasons. From 1988 to 1993, he served in the Hong Kong Government as Deputy Political Adviser. He finishes his term of office this week. Before he goes though, he's in our studio.

The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Friday, March 28, 2008
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