Lu Hao, the governor of Heilongjiang, speaks at a Heilongjiang delegation group discussion at the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, China, March 6, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer
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Thousands of miners in China's coal-rich northeast have gone on strike over months of unpaid wages, amid fears of mass layoffs as the government seeks to restructure lumbering state-owned industries.Video seen by AFP Monday showed protesters marching through the streets of Shuangyashan city in Heilongjiang province, venting their frustration at Longmay Mining Holding Group, the biggest coal firm in northeast China.Striking miners held large banners demanding back pay.Consumption of the heavily polluting fuel fell 3.7 percent last year, according to China's National Bureau of Statistics, after a 2.9 percent decrease in 2014 .The country saw at least 1,050 strikes and protests by workers -- around 90 percent of them related to unpaid wages -- in the 10 weeks to the start of the Lunar New Year in February, according to China Labour Bulletin, an overseas campaign group.
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