China's legislature on Monday announced that by 9 a.m. on Monday, it had received 4,769 suggestions on the draft labor contract law, which was released in full to the general public for their comments on March 20.
It was regarded as another major step in the country's legislative transparency, after the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) held a legislative hearing for the revision of the law on personal income tax and released the draft property law to the public last year.
The draft details the establishment, revocation, revision and termination of labor contracts. It is the country's first law governing labor contracts and it was submitted to the top legislature for review last December.
The suggestions, collected mostly via the Internet, by laborers working in different kinds of units and companies, focused on issues such as some companies or factories shortening the valid term of laborers' contracts to avoid having to buy long-term insurance for laborers; companies and factories setting a very low monthly wage for laborers but making up the rest at the end of a year, in order to minimize the payment of insurance to laborers.
Some suggested the labor contract law should protect the interests of different kinds of laborers equally, giving that currently different laborers, such as workers in state-owned enterprises, workers in collective enterprises and temporary workers, were very differently treated in terms of salary and welfare.
Some suggested the law should shorten the laborer's probationary period, giving that currently some enterprises unreasonably prolong a laborer's probationary period and gave very low wages to laborers during the period.
Li Yuan, director of the Administrative Law Bureau under the Legislative Affairs Commission of the NPC Standing Committee, said on Monday that the labor contract law was designed to protect the rights of Chinese laborers whose collective bargaining ability was weaker than that of management.
The official said citizens are invited to raise suggestions on the draft law till April 20 and some revisions will be made on the draft law according to the suggestions before it is tabled for next deliberation.