Underperforming Chinese workers forced to drink urine, eat insects for failing to meet targets


Workers at a Chinese Home Renovation Company who failed to complete their tasks forced to drink urine, eat cockroaches or get whipped by a belt.- Hindustan Times

Others had to shave their heads or drink water from a toilet bowl and had their salaries withheld by a month, according to images and videos on Chinese social media cited by state media.

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  • Workers punished by having heads shaved, beaten with belts
  • Three managers jailed over the abuse
  • Workers banned from going on strike in China

Theextreme punishment, which occurred in Zunyi city in Guizhou province, was captured on video and leaked to social media site Weibo last week, China Youth Daily said.

But most staff chose to stay despite the punishments, which started this year, state media said. Three managers at the company were jailed from five to 10 days on the charge of humiliating others, according to a social media post by the local public security bureau.

Labour conditions in China have often been described by activists as harsh and unforgiving, with workers having to work excessive hours and live in cramped quarters on meagre wages. At the Guizhou company, many of the punished showed little outward sign of unhappiness, according to state media, choosing instead to accept their fate.

As economic growth slows in China, labour unrest has been growing and reports of ill-treatment of workers have become more common. Apple, Amazon, and Samsung supplier HEG Technology have all been accused of child labour, forced overtime, and low wages in the past, according to New York-based China Labour Watch.

Beijing bans independent labour organising, trade unions and workers from going on strike. In August, labour activists that included students were arrested for supporting factory workers from welding machinery company Jasic International who were seeking to form a labour union after they were subjected to inhumane working conditions and later dismissed.


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