Chinese Migrant Worker Has Little To Celebrate On Labour Day – People’s Daily

From People’s Daily:

Premier Wen Jiabao demanded that overdue wages be paid to .

China’s leaders today know they must solve a string of work place problems. The country’s legislature is also reviewing the third draft of a new labor law. The law will require employers to provide written contracts, promote more active trade unions andrequire employers, such as real estate developers, to deposit money to cover wages before they start construction.

Cities are also seeing the need to promote more equality for the masses of imported workers. Urban centers continue to strugglewith the implications of providing millions of migrant workers with permanent residency status, which would entitle them to costly social services.

While that debate has yet to be resolved in Xiamen, city leaders provided a perk during the holiday for migrant workers.

From May 1 to May 3 the government set up a bank of some 40 fix-lined telephones near a park where migrant workers often picnic. Under a banner “Hearts connected with migrant workers”, the city provided free long-distance calls.

It was a small gesture that at least indicated awareness of a much larger problem. [Full Text]

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