It was in the early morning of June 3 when 39-year old
peasant worker entered cramped workshop. Time was just 5:30am,
but the 600 workers at the poultry factory have to begin
their working day before sunrise, as they are so ordered
by their boss, a private businessman, despite it is against
China's current labour law which has already been criticized
and discriminate against workers. Half an hour later
at six past six, she suddenly heard someone shouted "fire",
and when she raised her head to look around, she saw the
workshop was shrouded in flame. And then all lights went
"I immediately ran towards the exit but found the
doors were locked, so I had to dash to another workshop to
find a way out,"
the lucky survivor recounted her ordeal to Chinese journalists.
Many of her worker mates were not so lucky: 120 died and
around 50 injured.
The villagers living nearby also told the journalists
that they heard loud bangs before and during the fire that
burned the single storey steel framed factory to the ground.
When they hurried to the scene, they found all gates were
locked, and after the villagers broke the doors, they saw
dozens of bodies lying on the floor, some already died while
others were still alive.
Now we know the block of the access to the fire escape
routes is the main cause of the massive death tool, the next
question is why the company locked the doors when hundreds
people working inside?
The answer reveals an even more cruel nature of many private
business people in China than the fire that destroyed over
a hundred lives: The company ignored the workplace safety
regulations just for the purpose of preventing workers from
walking around. And the more disturbing fact is such inhuman
staff management practice is not uncommon among private enterprises
in China. To them, their
workers are mere tools for them to extract profit (红利).
Since the poultry factory started its business in 2009,
it has successfully extracted a handsome amount of profit
from poor peasant labours in such an unlawful and unethical
way. Mind you, during that period, current Chongqing Mayor
and Monsanto ally Sun
Zhengcai was the boss of Jilin Province where the factory