Efforts to Protect Migrant Workers Gain Ground

Safeguard Migrant Workers’ Rights

In 2014, trade unions continued to carry out inspections on wage defaults for migrant workers in collaboration with government departments in an effort to solve the problem for them. By the end of the year, trade unions had got back 108 million yuan in unpaid wages for 1.5 million migrant workers. In the meantime, trade unions did their utmost to raise the minimum wage. By the end of 2014, 16 regions in the country had raised their minimum wage standards by 14.2%, thus greatly boosting the income of migrant workers. To promote collective bargaining, the ACFTU issued the Opinions on Improving the Quality and the Practical Effect of Collective Contracts.

To protect migrant workers from pneumoconiosis, trade unions and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security jointly drafted the Difficulties Facing Migrant Workers Seeking Medical Care for Pneumoconiosis and Suggestions. To keep the workplace decent and healthful, trade unions carried out safety checks and seriously handled fatalities involving migrant workers.

In 2014, trade unions raised 4.6 billion yuan to bring impoverished migrant workers through tough times. During the Spring Festival, trade unions helped 5.7 million migrant workers return home for family reunion, bought train tickets on their behalf and managed to obtain for them 71 million yuan in travel allowances. Throughout the entire year, trade unions paid out 32 million in subsidies to 184,000 poor students who might otherwise have difficulty completing their courses.

Meanwhile, trade unions pulled out all the stops to offer legal protection to migrant workers. In 2014 alone, trade unions handled cases involving 790 migrant workers, retrieving 69 million yuan for them. To ensure that the 2012-2014 Legal Service Plan for Workers was implemented in full, trade unions carried out inspections and took steps to compel compliance with it.

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  Source: ACFTU  2015-04-22

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