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Zero-Covid destroys trust

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It was an unusual protest. In Shanghai’s Jingan district, dozens of white-clad pandemic workers, popularly known as “Big Whites,” took to the streets to demand their unpaid wages: “Give us our hard-earned money!” they chanted; videos of the protest circulated on social media. The video and the unpaid wages have not been officially confirmed – but the protest is not an isolated case. More and more such unrest by workers is taking place in connection with the implementation of China’s pandemic prevention policy, writes the China Labor Bulletin (CLB), a Hong Kong-based nongovernmental workers’ rights organization in China.

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