Monday, July 27, 2009

Chinese Workers Beat to death manager after he threatened to lay off up to 30k people

Trouble at China steel mill: official

BEIJING — Chinese authorities have scrapped the takeover of a steel plant where workers killed a manager in fury at threatened job cuts, an official and state media said Monday.

Workers at the Tonghua Iron and Steel Group beat to death newly appointed manager Chen Guojun on Friday after he threatened to lay off up to 30,000 people in a controversial restructuring, the China Daily reported.

Chen was killed when about 3,000 company workers forced a production shutdown at the plant in northeast China's Jilin province after an announcement that privately-owned Jianlong Group was taking over Tonghua, it said.