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Shanghai Truck Drivers Resume Work after Strikes over High Costs

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Truck drivers in Shanghai have returned to work on Monday after local authorities stepped in to avoid further strikes.

Thousands of drivers protested last week over rising fuel prices and other costs. They complain the increasing costs mean their work is no longer profitable.

Over the weekend, Shanghai authorities promised to reduce fees, like fuel surcharge in an effort to get truck drivers back on the road.

Strikes have become more common in China as workers become aware of their rights. Professor Yu Hai at Fudan University says authorities are beginning to notice people's demands.

[Professor Yu Hai, Fudan University]:
"The biggest problem in China today is the abuse of power. Only the people have the ability to limit the power. So how do people express their will? They take to the streets and they organize themselves by using the Internet and mobile phones. This is people power, and this power is a sort of balance."

Although authorities have promised to reduce some costs, high inflation in China means many truck drivers will still find it difficult to make a decent living.

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