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Desperate demand for overdue payment
Updated: 2004-02-10 10:39

Some 30 workers threaten to jump off the two-story building if their boss refuses to pay their overdue wages in Xi'an, Northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Feb. 9, 2004. The workers said they were forced to resort to the desperate action because the boss of the Longgong Bathing and Relaxation Center has delayed their payments for up to one year and owe them more than 300,000 yuan. Defaulting on payments has long been a problem curbing the income rise of the rural population and a "chronic illness" affecting and undermining social stability. [newsphoto]