Govt to pun­ish firms that with­hold wages

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - PULSE -

Shang­hai gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials have be­gun a new crack­down on em­ploy­ers who il­le­gally with­hold wages from work­ers.

Af­ter 16 sep­a­rate cases came to light in Shang­hai in the first half of 2017 alone, the gov­ern­ment said it is de­ter­mined to pun­ish com­pa­nies who refuse to pay staff or who un­justly de­lay pay­ments.

The Min­hang District Hu­man Re­sources and So­cial Se­cu­rity Bureau re­vealed a real es­tate firm called Hua Feng hadn’t paid any salaries to 102 work­ers be­tween June and Septem­ber 2016. The fig­ure with­held amounted to 1.87 mil­lion yuan ($283,846).

When the com­pany’s le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive Huang Xiao failed to show up at a hear­ing at the la­bor se­cu­rity su­per­vi­sion depart­ment, the case was re­ported to district po­lice who ar­rested Huang on April 28. The case is on­go­ing, with Huang ex­pected to face a law­suit from work­ers to re­cover the lost wages.

In 2016, the la­bor depart­ment pub­licly named 24 firms that had with­held staff salaries.

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