Picture of the day: unprotected steeplejack
A migrant worker from China’s hinterland stands on a scaffold of a high rise without any protection. Behind him is Shanghai’s important financial district Lujiazui. The photo was taken by a Sina microblog user who goes by the name 熊貓元気. Most employers, who are city slickers that take advantage of rural migrants’ lack of information or knowledge of labor rights, do not insure these workers against accidents or compensate them when job-related illnesses do occur.
A similar photo below makes the same point: Chinese rural migrants who move to the city to get jobs, work in hazardous conditions where their labor is exploited, their interests are not protected, and, their lives are placed in danger.