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Good deeds unrewarded

By Shi Yingying (China Daily)

09:30, November 15, 2011

Volunteer Zhou Xuanci helps an elderly man following the 2008 earthquake in Anxian county, Sichuan province. (China Daily)

The work done by professionals for nonprofit groups, such as a non-governmental organization (NGO), is often undervalued.

And donors don't understand that providing charity does cost money. It isn't free.

So Xu Zhenjun opted to sleep late one Monday and idle away the rainy day. "I am on strike with my two colleagues," Xu, who runs an NGO in Kunming, Yunnan province, said.

Xu, and other NGO professionals, decided not to work on Nov 7. "We didn't go out onto the street with signs, shouting slogans. We simply chose to not show up at work on the first Monday of November," Xu said.

They also posted notices online about their intentions. Xu's aim was to deliver a clear and specific message in the hope of gaining public support. Salaries for nonprofit professionals need to be increased 10 to 20 percent, by the end of this year, he said.

"We (nonprofit professionals) were in short supply 10 years ago and will be 10 years from now because of the poor pay," he said. "A colleague of mine, earning just over 1,000 yuan a month, told me he couldn't afford pork because it was 40 yuan a kilogram in the market. That's pathetic."

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