Updated: 03/21/2013 22:28

Two Chinese construction workers who perched atop cranes sentenced to jail



Two Chinese construction workers who perched atop cranes sentenced to jail

Two construction workers from China who perched themselves on top of two tower cranes over a wage dispute were sentenced each to 4 weeks' jail. 

24-year-old Zhu Gulei and 47-year-old Wu Xiaolin will also each be reimbursed $2,000 - or one month's pay, by their company, Zhong Jiang International. 

The men each pleaded guilty to one count of criminal trespass. 

In December last year, they each climbed a tower crane as they were upset about their working conditions.

They were eventually persuaded by the police to come down from the crane after more than 8 hours atop the cranes. 

In court today, the prosecution said Wu and Zhu's actions had caused inconvenience and delay in construction works on that day. 

In mitigation, defence lawyer Ravinderpal Singh said his clients were remorseful and had limited knowledge about the laws here.

While taking into account their harsh conditions, District Judge Chay Yuen Fatt said that Zhu and Wu "should not have taken the law into their own hands". 

For criminal trespass, the men could each be jailed three months and fined.

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