Mi­grant worker killed chas­ing un­paid salary

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By FANG NING, LIU HONGYU, and QIU MING in Guangzhou Xin­hua

Po­lice in Guang­dong prov­ince have de­tained four sus­pects and launched a hunt for three oth­ers who were al­legedly in­volved in at­tack­ing a group of un­paid mi­grant work­ers, killing one of them, ear­lier this month.

Af­ter post­ing an on­line wanted no­tice for the three fugi­tives, po­lice in Yingde con­firmed on Thurs­day that the al­leged as­sailants were all from the No 15 Bureau of the China Rail­way Con­struc­tion Corp, con­trac­tor for the GuangzhouLechang Ex­press­way Con­struc­tion Project.

The con­trac­tor had em­ployed the mi­grant work­ers since Septem­ber.

The man who was killed has been iden­ti­fied as Zhao Zhim­ing. He was among the 21 mi­grant work­ers at­tacked by dozens of as­sailants wield­ing knives and iron bars on a street about 10 min­utes’ walk from the con­struc­tion project of­fice on March 6.

A po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion has found that the work­ers were dis­missed by the em­ployer with­out pay­ment af­ter the Spring Fes­ti­val hol­i­day in Fe­bru­ary. They were re­fused pay­ment again at the con­struc­tion site of­fice on March 6, and a short while later they were at­tacked by as­sailants who drove three ve­hi­cles to chase them down the road.

Zhao Xin­biao, un­cle of the dead man, said the con­trac­tor owed his nephew 8,000 yuan ($1,287) in salary. The group of mi­grant work­ers to­gether claimed 140,000 yuan in un­paid salary.

Zhao said the work­ers had noth­ing per­sonal against Li Yukun, the man al­leged to have led the at­tack against the un­armed work­ers.

De­tec­tives with the Yingde Bureau of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity con­firmed that Li, a res­i­dent of Yingde, was the ma­te­rial con­trac­tor for the con­struc­tion project.

A deputy man­ager of the project, Zhao Ping, de­nied that the project of­fice was in­volved in in­cit­ing Li and oth­ers to at­tack the work­ers. But he ad­mit­ted the of­fice was re­spon­si­ble for “im­proper man­age­ment” of the con­struc­tion project.

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