Chinese Migrant Workers in U.S. Territory Demand: We Want Our Wages, Not Cigarettes

May 2, 2017–Chinese migrant workers are standing up against wage theft and labor abuse on the U.S. Commonwealth of Saipan.

The workers for the Chinese construction company Gold Mantis helped build a $500 million casino for Hong Kong-based Imperial Pacific. Although Saipan is a U.S. territory, the federal minimum wage is only $6.55. And the Gold Mantis workers have not even received this wage.

When the U.S. government began investigating labor trafficking, unsafe working conditions leading to worker deaths, sub-minimum wages, and other workplace violations, Gold Mantis fired its workers and refused to pay their wages for work they have already completed.

Watch the Video: We Want Our Wages, Not Cigarettes

The U.S. Department of Labor is investigating multiple contractors on the Imperial Pacific site for minimum wage and overtime violations. One contractor has settled with a portion of their construction worker employees, but Gold Mantis has instead hired multiple law firms and public relations consultants, presumably paying them hundreds of dollars an hour, while it refuses to pay its workers any of the wages they are owed.

On May Day, a Gold Mantis attorney visited the workers’ living quarters, calling the issue a humanitarian matter and offering the workers cigarettes.

The workers in the video demand: “We want our legally earned wages. Not cigarettes.”

In advance of May Day, the workers held marches and wrote to the Chinese Consulate urging their government to ensure that Gold Mantis pay their unpaid wages.

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For more on the campaign, follow @GoldMantisLabor on Twitter or email

Workers also ask their allies to contact Gold Mantis in China or its public relations firm in the U.S. and urge them to pay the workers all wages owed immediately.

Gold Mantis

Robert Gemmill, Esq.
(202) 973-1315

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