CRI Inspection Groups to Ensure Migrant Workers' Pay not Delayed 0113

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Gao Liguo, a migrant worker from Inner Mongolia, came to a rights protection center in northeast China's Shenyang city early in the morning. On behalf of 40 workmates, he was hoping to claim back their salaries, which were 240,000 yuan or 36,000 US dollars.

"We just want to get our money back, so that we can go home."

Each year around Spring Festival tens of millions of migrant workers return home with new clothes or other gifts for their families bought with their hard-earned money.

However, delayed payment for them is a rampant practice around the country, especially before the Chinese New Year, because many employers would deliberately delay the payment for fearing they may not come back after the holiday.

In northwestern China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, nearly 16 million yuan of payment hasn't been delivered to migrant workers.

Wang Zhengwei, chairman of the region, is concerned over the situation.

"I think we should take it seriously and get to its root. We should make concrete efforts to help migrant workers get their pay at whatever cost and condition."

The problem has also caught the attention of the central government.

Yin Weimin, Minister of Human Resources and Social Security, questioned the consciousness of those employers for not paying the migrant workers on time.

"It's perfectly justified for people to get paid for their work. No company is allowed to delay payments to migrant workers. Those who delay the payment are heartless. I hope this problem won't become a hotspot again this year."

However, according to the Little Bird Hotline, an NGO which has been active in safeguarding the rights of migrant workers, the problem is still prominent in the service sector and construction industry.

Liu Ming, director of the group, says it has helped 2,700 migrant workers claim back 5.4 million yuan in the past year. Though a majority of the cases can be solved through mediation, some of the workers will have to resort to lawsuits, which consumes a lot of time and money.

"It will be in the best interest of migrant workers that a fast track solution to the dispute can be established, which will be effective and could save costs. We also hope the government designates a particular agency to handle the problem."

Liu Ming notes that there is a blind area in regulating the behavior of employers, given some of the migrant workers are hired by unlicensed small- and medium-sized companies.

For CRI, I'm Wu Jia.