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20 workers occupy block of flats in Beijing wages protest
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10:05, April 11, 2009

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More than 20 construction workers occupied a 17-floor block of flats, demanding their wages, in Beijing on Friday.

The workers climbed up to a residence building of a real estate project called Zhujiang Augusta at 2 p.m., demanding their wages, police said.

The building, in Majuqiao Town of east Beijing's Tongzhou District, was surrounded by nearby residents and other workers. Fire engines, ambulances and police cars arrived at the site.

The workers left the building top by 5:10 p.m. after police tried to persuade them, police said.

No conflicts happened, police said.

The workers' head named Guo Yanjun tried to negotiate with the project owner.

The contractors had not paid the workers at all while the project was nearly finished, Guo said.

Guo said he had borrowed more than 400,000 yuan (about 59,000 U.S. dollars) to pay the wages for 100 workers, while the other 400,000 yuan had not been paid.

As of 6 p.m., the two sides were still negotiating.

The town's government said it will help to solve the problem.

Source: Xinhua

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