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New campaign to ensure workers’ wages

By Zhu Shanshan (Global Times)

08:32, December 30, 2011

A campaign launched by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MHRSS) has helped 1.292 million migrant workers recover 2.94 billion yuan ($470 million) in unpaid wages this year as a part of efforts by authorities to build up a social security network.

The number of salary-related disputes and protests has been on the rise recently as the end of the year approaches. A strike to demand fair year-end bonuses was held by workers at the LG Display factory in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, on Monday.

Eight government departments including the MHRSS issued an order demanding employers nationwide pay migrant workers in full and on time earlier this month.

However, a construction worker surnamed Zhang from Mianyang, Sichuan Province, who is currently working in Beijing, told the Global Times that it is unlikely his defaulted salaries will be paid in full before Spring Festival.

"The contractor I worked with is also in default now and he is asking for his wage to be paid on time. I can't stay here to fight for my salary during Spring Festival, the only time in the year that I can spend with my family," he said.

Lin Xinqi, a professor at the School of Labor and Human Resources at the Renmin University of China, told the Global Times that it is a good sign that authorities are taking note of such disputes, especially by singling it out around the new year, when the problem occurs most frequently. However, he added that the current efforts are still not enough to catch up with such incidents, as workers become more aware of protecting their rights.

"It will be hard to wipe out all these disputes overnight despite the increasing importance attached to the issue, since the country is going through a development stage in which labor disputes break out intensively," Lin said, adding that more time should be given to government agencies.


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Ang at 2011-12-3060.50.7.*
there is no bargin time for employers to delay more than seven days. After seven days the employers have to come out with the money or declare bankruptcies.Then the government will auction the properties to pay the wages

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