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China aims to ensure 'equal pay for same job'


09:19, December 25, 2012

BEIJING, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) -- China aims to ensure workers hired through labor contracting agents get the same treatment as directly recruited employees, according to a draft bill considered by lawmakers Monday.

The draft amendment to the Labor Contract Law is undergoing a second reading at a five-day bimonthly session of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, or the legislature, which opened Monday.

Originally submitted to a June session of the legislature for deliberations for the first time, the draft is designed to prevent employee leasing from being abused by employers trying to save on costs.

The draft amendment says enterprises in China should mainly employ workers directly, instead of through labor contractors.

"Hiring via labor contracting agents should only be arranged for temporary, supplementary or backup jobs," reads the draft.

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