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Officials have new job after pork sellers strike

GOVERNMENT officials in a south China township have one more job this year - to sell pork after vendors went on strike in protest against the government monopolization of a local slaughterhouse.

A resident in Gaobu Township in Dongguan City of Guangdong Province surnamed Wang said he had not been able to buy any pork since New Year's Day.

The township said it had sent in government workers to sell pork in local market to minimize the impact on pork supplies. Yet pork is still not available in many areas of the township, reported yesterday's Southern Metropolis Daily.

The town government ordered all pork sellers to buy their pork from one slaughterhouse so that the government could control the quality and prices.

Yet the price at the designated slaughterhouse to the pork sellers has already increased by more than 20 yuan for every pig slaughtered. The venders said they could only earn little profit as a result and the government order had deprived them of their livelihood.

The newspaper said that the Dongguan government had been planning to ban pig farming to clean up the image of the city.

But the government had not at the same time made appropriate arrangements with the pig farmers themselves.


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