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Blood shed over an unpaid bonus

FOUR men were detained on Wednesday after they allegedly beat and stabbed a couple who asked the wife's employer in east China's Zhejiang Province for her unpaid bonus, said a police officer.

The detained men included the company owner and a man surnamed Li, who allegedly stabbed the woman, Wang Hongli, 32, with a knife, said Tu Liheng, head of Wenxin Police Station in Hangzhou City, capital of Zhejiang Province.

The other two detained were a local man surnamed Zhou and a man surnamed Lu from central China's Hubei Province, Tu said.

Wang, the sales manager of Li's company, Hangzhou Fengge Clothing Co Ltd, said she and her husband, Hao Gang, were assaulted by the boss and his men when they went to the company to ask for 26,000 yuan (US$3,800) in an unpaid bonus on October 31.

Wang had asked for the bonus on October 28, but was refused.

Wang allegedly recorded the confrontation as evidence, including the following exchange:

Li: "What's wrong with the knife? Four stabs and barely any blood."

Wang: "Boss, you are not professional. One stab would have been enough for me."

Li also allegedly threatened to rape Wang and cut off her hand and leg.

Wang and her husband are under medical treatment in a local hospital.

She had minor injury on the left chest and damage to the spleen. Her husband, who was stricken into a coma on the spot, had a cerebral concussion.

Wang said she will seek legal aid to claim compensation from Li and his men.

The Hangzhou Federation of Trade Unions has initiated an emergency relief fund and will provide Wang with relief fund and legal aid, if necessary, said Tan Mupin, a spokesman with the trade union.

The case was taken up by the All China Federation of Trade Unions, whose spokesman, Li Shouzhen, said the union would keep track of the case and give full support.

Li said unpaid salary disputes might significantly rise as the year-end approaches. He said the ACFTU will join with other government agencies to ensure full salary payments.


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