Migrant laborers revive honor for China's model workers: experts (2)

12:39, April 28, 2010      

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A considerable share of social wealth was allocated according to capital contributions rather than according to work and labor, Wang said.

The fact that "labor" was increasingly light in China's income distribution system had made workers, including model workers, less respected, Wang said.

Some model workers even had difficulties making ends meet, Wang said.

Nonetheless, the high-profile rally showed that China still valued "labor" and cherished the concept that "labor is honorable," Wang said.

President Hu Jintao and other members of China's central leadership attended the ceremony.

Hu praised the model workers and advanced workers for their "outstanding contributions in pushing forward the country's social and economic advancement."

Hu urged the nation to learn from model workers and care for them.

Working people were the major force accelerating economic restructuring, Hu said.

The government would take "political, economic, social, legal and administrative measures" to protect the interests of labor to boost social equality and justice.

Source: Xinhua
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