Protesting workers at an R&F construction site were assaulted by armed employees

“After testing, Zhang Jiebin’s lumbar vertebrae may be interrupted, and surgery is urgently needed. It is also possible to leave a disability.” – photo of worker hurt in assault, via Sina.[i]

This post is part of series on R&F’s treatment of workers in the US and China. Read previous entries on forced labor in California and the death of a construction worker in Jiangxi.

On October 24th, 2004, around 100 migrant workers asking for back pay in front of the office of Beijing R&F Real Estate Development in a sit-in action was suddenly attacked by over 80 people armed with iron rods; 45 protestors were injured and two people were left in critical condition.[ii] The assaulted workers were employed by Hebei Wangdu Labor Service Company.[iii] Ling Shihai, head contractor at Heibei Wangdu, stated that they were retained by the R&F subsidiary Guangzhou Tianli to complete renovation work for Phase 2 of the R&F City Project.[iv] Ling claimed that Guangzhou Tianli owed them over RMB 500,000 of construction cost.[v]

Ling claimed that the assault was premediated.[vi] Representatives from Guangzhou Tianli acknowledged that the assailants included employees of Guangzhou Tianli, but denied that wage payments were delayed.[vii] According to the representative, the incident escalated from an argument between employees of Tianli and the workers of Hebei Wangdu over access to the office building.[viii] The representative also claimed that the source of the conflict stemmed from Hebei Wangdu’s refusal to acknowledge the original terms of the contract.[ix] Guangzhou Tianli offered the injured workers RMB 48,000 for medical fees and RMB 100,000 for bail bonds.[x]

2003 unpaid wages accusation

On the same project, Guangzhou Tianli had been accused of missing wage payments by another group of migrant workers in 2003. On November 20th, 2003, Xinhua interviewed a group of around 50 workers living next to an interchange bridge in Beijing. According to the workers, a majority of them were from Anhui; they were employed by Anhui Dongfang Labor Service Company, which was contracted by Guangzhou Tianli to work on the R&F City project.[xi] Many of the workers stated that they were unable to return home due to missing wage payment from over two months ago.[xii] One of the workers interviewed by Xinhua claimed that the construction team working for R&F included nearly 400 people living under various interchange bridges across Beijing; a few of them reportedly had been hospitalized as the outside temperature dropped.[xiii]

 

 

[i] “北京富力城百名讨薪民工遭群殴事件调查”, Fazhizaobao, 11/3/04, https://news.sina.com.cn/c/2004-11-03/23414805291.shtml

[ii] “北京富力城百名讨薪民工遭群殴事件调查”, Fazhizaobao, 11/3/04, https://news.sina.com.cn/c/2004-11-03/23414805291.shtml

[iii] “80余持棍者围殴讨薪民工 32名民工被殴伤住院”, Xinhuanet, 10/25/04, https://news.sina.com.cn/s/2004-10-25/07354025114s.shtml

[iv] “80余持棍者围殴讨薪民工 32名民工被殴伤住院”, Xinhuanet, 10/25/04, https://news.sina.com.cn/s/2004-10-25/07354025114s.shtml

[v] “北京富力城百名讨薪民工遭群殴事件调查”, Fazhizaobao, 11/3/04, https://news.sina.com.cn/c/2004-11-03/23414805291.shtml

[vi]  “北京富力城百名讨薪民工遭群殴事件调查”, Fazhizaobao, 11/3/04, https://news.sina.com.cn/c/2004-11-03/23414805291.shtml

[vii] “北京富力城百名讨薪民工遭群殴事件调查”, Fazhizaobao, 11/3/04, https://news.sina.com.cn/c/2004-11-03/23414805291.shtml

[viii] “北京富力城百名讨薪民工遭群殴事件调查”, Fazhizaobao, 11/3/04, https://news.sina.com.cn/c/2004-11-03/23414805291.shtml

[ix] “北京富力城百名讨薪民工遭群殴事件调查”, Fazhizaobao, 11/3/04, https://news.sina.com.cn/c/2004-11-03/23414805291.shtml

[x] “北京富力城百名讨薪民工遭群殴事件调查”, Fazhizaobao, 11/3/04, https://news.sina.com.cn/c/2004-11-03/23414805291.shtml

[xi] “我们想讨到工钱回家——寒夜中民工的期望”, Xinhuanet, 11/24/03, http://tvguide.cctv.com/news/other/20031124/100711.shtml

[xii] “我们想讨到工钱回家——寒夜中民工的期望”, Xinhuanet, 11/24/03, http://tvguide.cctv.com/news/other/20031124/100711.shtml

[xiii] “我们想讨到工钱回家——寒夜中民工的期望”, Xinhuanet, 11/24/03, http://tvguide.cctv.com/news/other/20031124/100711.shtml