Railway workers to get pay bump

17:17, March 03, 2011      

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As of March 1, front line railway workers are to get a pay raise of 400 yuan per month as the new railway minister announced an allowance scheme for them.

Post allowance of 100 yuan per month will be granted to front line workers, who will also get 300 yuan if they pass a safety assessment, said Sheng Guangzu, the new railway minister who assumed the post last month, at a teleconference on Feb. 28.

An insider with the railway said yesterday the decision was already announced in the railway system and has taken effect.

Previously, the monthly income of front line railway workers in Beijing ranged from 2,000 to 3,000 yuan per month. Those in cities near Beijing like Zhangjiakou and Chengde earn less than 2,000 yuan a month, and it could be as low as 1,400 yuan in other regions.

A pay raise of 400 yuan per month is a relatively large amount for the workers.

It is said thousands of railway workers in Beijing will benefit from this allowance, but office workers and officials are not to receive it.

By Zhang Hongyu, People's Daily Online


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