Thousands of Chinese miners staged a “rare” protest over job and pay cuts in a northeastern city, days after the provincial governor made the apparently false claim that no miner working for the province’s largest publicly owned mining company was owed any back wages. Angry miners from Longmay Mining Holding Group and their family members marched through the city of Shuangyashan on Saturday and gathered in front of the company’s local offices.
After the protest, the government of Heilongjiang province has issued a statement acknowledging that many Longmay employees are owed wages and benefits, backtracking from Governor Lu Hao’s assertions earlier this month. The protest and the change in the government’s stance underline the sensitivity of the employment issue, as Chinese miners and others in state industries are losing their jobs or seeing their pay drastically cut, it has been reported.

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