China to address migrant worker wage defaults with new regulations

EYEAFRICA TV: Beijing, China: China will implement new regulations on May 1 with an aim to make further progress in its fighting against wage defaults of migrant workers, according to government officials.
At a press conference on Tuesday in Beijing, officials from the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said a set of new regulations, “Regulations on Wage Payment for Migrant Workers”, will clarify the responsibilities of all parties in wage payment disputes, build a co-governance system between the two ministries and solve the wage defaults issue through legal means.
The new regulations will clearly define the responsibilities of employers, local governments and relevant departments.
Problem-orientated methods will also be used to strengthen pre-event and post-event supervision, and built a green channel for wage payment of workers in construction projects.
Officials said that the number of wage default cases dealt in 2019 dropped by 33.1 percent from 2018, with the number of workers involved and the amount of money involved in those cases decreasing 50.8 percent and 50.4 percent respectively.
China has intensified efforts to deal with wages in arrears for migrant workers in recent years, aiming to basically eradicate wage defaults by 2020.
By the end of 2019, China’s human resource authorities helped around 81,000 migrant workers nationwide retrieve nearly 1.1 billion yuan (about 157 million U.S. dollars) in wages. A total of 6,654 wage default cases were handled and 354 criminal cases were handed over to public security authorities, according to official data.

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