Couri­ers find re­lief at SF Ex­press out­lets

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By MA CHI machi@chi­

As the tem­per­a­ture out­doors rises above 35 C at mid­day on the first of the dog days of sum­mer, sev­eral couri­ers en­joyed watermelon and plum juice at an SF Ex­press fa­cil­ity in Bei­jing.

At this sta­tion, a com­puter, a book­shelf and a dor­mi­tory are avail­able to give the couri­ers a good rest.

“These ser­vices may seem sim­ple, but by the stan­dards of the ex­press de­liv­ery in­dus­try, they are quite a lux­ury,” said Li Yuezhen, of the Trade Union of Na­tional De­fense and Post and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, one of 10 ma­jor in­dus­try trade unions in China.

On av­er­age, a courier works eight to 10 hours a day, said Hao Jie, head of SF’s Desh­eng­men Gate sta­tion. The job re­quires high in­ten­sity, and most of the com­pany’s couri­ers are young mi­grant work­ers.

The sta­tion is part of a pilot pro­gram ini­ti­ated by the trade union that aims to bet­ter serve and unify work­ers in pri­vately owned courier com­pa­nies, Li said.

Four such sta­tions equipped with con­ve­nient fa­cil­i­ties have been set up in the SF net­work in Bei­jing since the pilot pro­gram was launched in April last year.

Data pub­lished by the trade union sug­gests that after the pro­gram was launched more work­ers have be­come mem­bers of the com­pany’s branch of the union. In the four pilot sta­tions, 83 per­cent of the couri­ers have joined, com­pared with an av­er­age 67.7 per­cent for all em­ploy­ees of the com­pany.

In ad­di­tion to the pilot sta­tions, in each of the SF out­lets in Bei­jing there is at least one rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the com­pany’s trade union re­spon­si­ble for serv­ing em­ploy­ees.

Wang Qiang, a courier, said the union not only helps couri­ers cool off on hot days but also gives aid to em­ploy­ees with fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties and other life prob­lems.


Li Zhan­fei (right), an SF Ex­press courier, checks a pack­age with his col­league at SF’s Desh­eng­men out­let in Bei­jing on Wed­nes­day.

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