Mi­grant work­ers get help col­lect­ing pay

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CHEN MENGWEI chen­meng­wei@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

With Spring Fes­ti­val less than two months away, the Chi­nese govern­ment is again launch­ing a na­tion­wide cam­paign to en­sure ev­ery mi­grant worker gets paid on time.

Yin Weimin, min­is­ter of hu­man re­sources and so­cial se­cu­rity, ad­dressed of­fi­cials na­tion­wide on Thurs­day via a video con­fer­ence, re­mind­ing them of the im­por­tance of putting timely pay­checks into mi­grant work­ers’ pock­ets.

Yin pro­posed set­ting up spe­cial in­spec­tion teams and pe­nal­iz­ing com­pa­nies that de­lay pay­ing mi­grant work­ers. He also said lo­cal of­fi­cials may pre­pay mi­grant work­ers us­ing a spe­cial fund and seek re­pay­ment later from the com­pa­nies if the case is tak­ing too long to re­solve.

The core idea, Yin said, is to make sure mi­grant work­ers can take their hard­earned cash home for fam­ily re­unions dur­ing Spring Fes­ti­val.

Yin said that the con­struc­tion busi­ness is a “dis­as­ter area” in pay­ing mi­grant work­ers on time, and over­ca­pac­ity in the steel and coal in­dus­tries, as well as a slow­ing econ­omy, have made mat­ters worse.

The min­is­ter warned that the prob­lems of de­lay­ing mi­grant work­ers' pay­checks might get worse and hap­pen more fre­quently as the year-end peak for set­tle­ment ap­proaches.

Wang Yu, 29, worked i n an un­li­censed fac­tory with his fam­ily for two months last year, but they only re­ceived an IOU in­stead of money from their em­ployer, Li Hais­hang. mil­lion

Li re­fused to pay Wang and his fam­ily, even af­ter Wang sued Li and the court ruled in Wang’s fa­vor.

“I have lit­tle hope for re­cov­er­ing my money. The only wish I have now is to in­form mi­grant work­ers like me of the im­por­tance of sign­ing work con­tracts and of avoid­ing work­ing for un­reg­is­tered com­pa­nies,” Wang said.

There are about 270 mil­lion mi­grant la­bor­ers mak­ing a liv­ing away from home. Mak­ing sure ev­ery one of them gets paid on time has at­tracted govern­ment at­ten­tion in re­cent years.

is a joint plan of the Chi­nese Academy of Sciences and the Euro­pean Space Agency to use a space­craft car­ry­ing four key in­stru­ments to study the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween Earth’s mag­ne­to­sphere and the so­lar wind, while si­mul­ta­ne­ously mon­i­tor­ing the mag­ne­to­sphere’s plasma en­vi­ron­ment.

A new guide­line sup­port­ing ru­ral en­trepreneur­ship and in­no­va­tion will en­able more mi­grant work­ers, col­lege grad­u­ates and those in high-tech sec­tors to start busi­nesses in ru­ral ar­eas and help im­prove the ef­fi­ciency of the agri­cul­tural sec­tor, a se­nior of­fi­cial said.

In a guide­line is­sued late last month, the State Coun­cil said it would fur­ther ex­pand mar­ket ac­cess, in­crease fi­nan­cial sup­port and pro­vide more train­ing cour­ses to en­cour­age more peo­ple to start busi­nesses in ru­ral ar­eas.

Chen Xiao­hua, vice-min­is­ter of agri­cul­ture, said in a news con­fer­ence on Thurs­day that the coun­try has seen more than 5.7 mil­lion peo­ple, in­clud­ing 4.5 mil­lion mi­grant work­ers, mov­ing to ru­ral ar­eas to mi­grant la­bor­ers in China are mak­ing a liv­ing away from home.

Li Lei con­trib­uted to this story.

Guide­line sup­ports ru­ral en­trepreneur­ship, in­no­va­tion

Yin Weimin

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