March 1, 2011 / 3:05 PM / 9 years ago

Chinese evacuated from Libya protest wage delay

BEIJING, March 1 (Reuters) - A group of Chinese construction workers recently evacuated from Libya are refusing to leave an airport in southern China to protest delays in payment of their salary, state news agency Xinhua said on Tuesday.

The “scores” of workers for a building firm based in the central province of Hunan are staying put at Guangzhou’s international airport until their wages are paid, the report said, without saying exactly how many people were involved.

“Yan Yong, a deputy project manager of the company, said the employees can claim the unpaid wages in two weeks,” Xinhua said.

“But the workers said they did not trust the company and refused to return home because it would be more difficult for them to claim unpaid wages later.”

The workers had recently been air lifted out of strife-torn Libya, Xinhua said.

“The local government has sent personnel to help resolve the dispute,” it added. Xinhua provided no further details.

More than 30,000 Chinese nationals have so far left Libya, many of whom with government help after Beijing sent aircraft and ships to rescue them. (Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Sugita Katyal)

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