There were nearly 100 incidents of construction worker collective actions in the month of August, all protesting wage arrears.
Incidents have been on the rise in construction before the “Golden Week” holiday that began on China’s National Day on 1 October. Similar to the months leading up to the Lunar New Year, though on slightly smaller scale, migrant workers hope to not go home empty handed, after construction projects go bankrupt or bosses simply refuse to pay them.
While using official dispute resolution channels can take years, and are often ineffective, workers often take more drastic measures in hopes to get the attention of government. In both September and August, the Strike Map recorded more incidents of construction workers threatening suicide over wage arrears than any other month on record.