Government helps 3.7m workers get unpaid wages
The government helped more than 3.7 million migrant workers get their unpaid wages totaling more than $5.1 billion (35 billion yuan) last year.
However, the long-standing problem of migrant workers failing to get paid remains a difficult issue due to the chaotic construction market and low penalties for breaking the law, officials said.
The total of unpaid wages decreased by 16.7 percent compared with 2015, said Wang Cheng, head of labor security supervision at the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.
Wage defaults have been a problem in China, especially before Spring Festival, which fell on Jan 28 this year. Migrant workers who fail to get their wages and can’t get back home for the most important festival in China often win widespread sympathy.