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Carnival strike workers paid

HALF the workers at the Shanghai Grand Carnival who went on strike last week over unpaid wages received their money at the weekend.

Officials with the Pudong New Area, where the amusement park is located, said 75 workers were given 2,600 yuan (US$407) each.

This came after the Shanghai Shanggong Labor Service Co - their employer - and the carnival committee were each ordered to provide 100,000 yuan to be paid to the strikers.

Another 75 workers involved in the 14-hour strike on Thursday are employed individually and settlements will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Pudong labor inspection department found the labor company received money from foreign investors on the 22nd of each month - a week later than required to issue salaries to workers.

Pudong officials said they will keep close tabs on the situation next month.

Around 150 workers protested that they had not been paid since the event opened on July 28.

The workers were hired as entertainment assistants and many are students.

Students said they were attracted to the jobs as they offered a chance to work at the World Expo site while earning a decent income during their summer holidays.

But many are now disillusioned.

Tao Manli, a student from Anhui Province, said she would never come to Shanghai again for work even though she had received her salary.

It was reported that the strike had little effect on carnival-goers, as many assistants kept working.

The carnival, co-organized by the United Arab Emirates-based Freij Entertaining Co Ltd, is back in Shanghai after a six-year absence.


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