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英语新闻:劳资关系的改善标志着人权的进步

2015-04-09    来源:Sina    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

英语新闻:劳资关系的改善标志着人权的进步

China Voice: Labor Relations Improvement Signals Human Rights Progress

英语新闻:

BEIJING, April 8 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government's latest assertion on workers' rights may bode well for the country's vision of a harmonious society and its course of improving human rights protection.

In a guideline published Wednesday, the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) and the State Council said improving labor relations is an urgent task as the country is undergoing major economic and social changes with diversifying employee appeals and increasing labor disputes.

The words came just as China is locked in an economic "new normal" state of slow growth - the country's leadership has vowed to change the country's economic structure, which is long led by exports and massive state-directed investments, into one more responsive to the growing needs of a consumer-driven society.

Harmonious labor relations thus are of vital pertinence to the country's healthy economic development and make up a key cornerstone for the CPC's position as the ruling party.

But one should not overlook another strong signal Chinese authorities are sending here, that people's rights and welfare must be protected, especially in a time of drastic social and economic changes when labor disputes are running high.

Authorities must stick to the people-first principle and take safeguarding their fundamental rights and interests as the starting point of their work, Wednesday's guideline read.

In particular, the guideline said China will take steps to improve the wage payment system to make sure employees are paid timely and in full.

Pilot programs will be enacted to offer guaranteed financial support for arrears of wages to protect the interests of rural migrant workers, it read.

Migrant workers are often the victims of unscrupulous employers and often make up the most vulnerable group in labor disputes. Earlier reports said a female migrant worker was allegedly beaten to death during a confrontation with police when chasing unpaid wages in Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi Province in December last year.

In November, at least ten migrant workers threatened to jump from a building after failing to claim unpaid wages in Suzhou City in Anhui Province.

Official data show that in the first 11 months of 2014, Chinese government has helped migrant workers recover wages totaling 27.9 billion yuan.

Though the figure seemed reassuring to some extent, it is also proof of how rampant wage default goes in China, particular in the construction sector.

Hopefully, the new guideline can help put the unscrupulous practice to rest once and for all.

In addition, the guideline also promised regulations will ensure employees enjoy their due holidays without compromising wages.

Employers are asked to invest more in labor safety education, training and protection facilities to reduce accidents and occupational diseases during worktime.

China will try to expand the coverage of social insurance to all employees, especially for disadvantaged communities such as rural migrant workers and outsourced employees, the guideline said.

The pursuit of improved human rights conditions is a path that never ends, and all these moves, though each only represents a small step forward, signal further progress, as they implement the Constitution's spirit of protecting human rights.

assertion: n.声称; 使用; 主张; 明确肯定

diversify: vt.& vi.使多样化,多样化; 进入新的商业领域

drastic: adj.激烈的; 猛烈的; (法律等)严厉的; 极端的

unscrupulous: adj.肆无忌惮的,不择手段的,无道德原则的 

rampant: adj.蔓延的; 猖獗的; (指动物)只用后腿站立的 

default: n.未履行,拖欠 

outsource: vt. 外包(工程)

(Sina)



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