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Originally posted by amyamy at 2006-11-23 18:01
About 120 million migrant rural workers make their living in China's booming cities and many of them work in high-risk, labor-intensive industries.
Defaults on payments to migrant workers mainly occur in the construction industry. This problem has affected the income of the rural population for a long time and is considered a "chronic illness" affecting and undermining social stability.
There are no official figures on the total amount of unpaid wages owed to migrant workers. But statistics released by the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection show that, at the end of June 2006, construction companies were owed a total of 117 billion yuan
Oh the unpaid wages 117,000,000,000 yuan owed by construction companies, not include other business sectors.
There are about 120,000,000 migrant rural workers. Assuming one fifth of them work for construction companies, there'll be 24,000,000 workers.
117,000,000,000 divided by 24,000,000 workers will be 4875 yuan per worker average. Then it may be exceeding 3 months unpaid. But if the workers unpaid are fewer then 24,000,000, it would even exceed 3 months unpaid.
How would a society be harmonious ? About two years ago there was news about construction workers jumping from the building in Beijing to draw people's attention on this issue. I don't think the authority has done enough to solve this matter.
Some worked without pay , some dog owners sent their pet dogs to dye hair...what a big gap.