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Workers complain of forced charity donations

TEACHERS and government workers in an east China district said they are forced to "donate" up to a quarter of their monthly income to a local charity fund.

Teachers in Huaiyin District of Huai'an City, Jiangsu Province, are asked to give 500 yuan (US$73.25) to the fund launched by the local government to improve the lives of poor families, today's Xiaoxiang Morning Post reported.

"Five-hundred yuan means a quarter of my monthly salary," complained an unnamed teacher with Huaizhou Middle School. Senior teachers are required to donate 800 yuan, she added.

But a government spokeswoman denied the government had ever decreed how much workers should donate, saying they should be voluntary. "I myself donated 800 yuan," she added.

Workers at the district's Party committee donated 23,300 yuan, according to the committee's Website.


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