La­bor laws need up­date, ex­perts say

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

The Chi­nese Acad­emy of So­cial Sciences’ In­sti­tute of Pop­u­la­tion and La­bor Eco­nom­ics re­leased on Dec 19 the lat­est Green Book of Pop­u­la­tion and La­bor, say­ing the new econ­omy grew by an av­er­age of 16 per­cent from 2007 to 2016, al­most twice as fast as China’s over­all eco­nomic growth. Em­ploy­ment re­la­tion­ships in the new econ­omy, how­ever, have posed chal­lenges. Peo­ple in the new econ­omy work in flex­i­ble ways. Those who rely on in­ter­net plat­forms, such as carhail­ing ser­vices and e-com­merce, work any time they want. Work­ers can get var­i­ous tem­po­rary jobs or start their own busi­nesses through shar­ing plat­forms. There are no la­bor con­tracts and they don’t have con­ven­tional em­ploy­ers in the tra­di­tional econ­omy, says Gao Wen­shu, a re­searcher at the in­sti­tute and one of the au­thors for the Green Book. Ex­perts have called on leg­is­la­tors to up­date China’s la­bor laws to keep pace with the emerg­ing chal­lenges to work­ers’ rights that have arisen with the rapid ex­pan­sion of the new econ­omy.

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