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No Way Out?

(Originally published in CLB#47, Mar-Apr 1999)

Lifetime's Toil


Last Gasps: Asbestos Mining in China

The imaginatively named Sichuan Asbestos Mine is a state owned complex of mines situated in Asbestos County in the western province of Sichuan. At present the Asbestos County miners face lay-offs (1), unemployment (2), forced share purchase to secure employment, deteriorating living conditions with no welfare safety net as well as the constant threat of permanent damage to the lungs from asbestos dust.

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