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视频新闻:外来务工人员追讨工资 只想好好过个年

2015-01-26    来源:普特编辑部    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

外来务工人员追讨工资 只想好好过个年
Migrant workers in China demand wage owed in arrears

【新闻速递】外来务工人员工资被拖欠已经不是新鲜事。拿工钱回家过年是许多工人一年的夙愿。他们辛苦工作一年,最后却为了自己应得的报酬而伤心苦恼。欠薪,触碰了工人的底线。而这一行为也是对劳动权利的蔑视,和劳动者的不尊重。他们只有一个最基本的心愿,给予他们应得的报酬,让他们好好回家过年。

相关英语新闻:

Spring festival will come in a month, and migrant workers in large cities are due to return home.  Many will also take back with them the money they had earned in the year. But for some, getting  their hard-earned money may well be improbable.

Yang Minghong a construction contractor, is in trouble.

In 2012, Yang and his some 40 workers took a project in Central China's Henan Province, to build  cow sheds for a local company. The construction work went smoothly as planned, but Yang never got  paid. For over two years now, the workers have been chasing Yang for their wages, but Yang is  unable to deliver anything for them.

"Yang said he would pay us soon at that time. But up to now, all we have got are empty promises," says a migrant worker.

"If I can get my construction payment, I will immediately pay my workers. But without that, I can  do nothing," Yang says.

With options running out, and in desperation, Yang sued the hiring company at a local court. He  demanded for the project payment and interests, which totalled 3.2 million Yuan, all together. The  court later ruled in Yang's favor.

However, as the hiring company's legal person went on the run, the court order become essentially  ineffectual.

"All we can do now is to find another company which can buy the leftover assets, and hopefully use  that money to pay for Yang's contract fees," says Wang Xilu, court officer of Zhumadian, Henan Province.

For Yang, it seems all he can do is to wait. But with workers coming into his home asking for  money every day, its taken a toll on his mental health.

"I cannot sleep well. I wake up over eight times every night. There were only nightmares. I dreamed about people asking me for money all the time. I even thought about committing suicide," Yang says.

But in a way, Yang Minghong was not one of the worst cases. Other cases of wage earners demanding  pay owed to them ended in tragedy. 

Last December, in North China's Shanxi Province, a woman was beaten to death in a local police  station for demanding her wage. And in January this year, after a failed attempt to recover the  wages her father and other workers, a 14 year old girl jumped to her death from the 16th floor of  a building still under-construction in Hebei province.

As more cases are revealed, the media has called for a mechanism to ensure the effective  implementation of the laws and regulations, to protect the vulnerable group's rights and  interests. Something which put in to effect will prevent more similar tragedies, and perhaps a  happier spring festival back in hometowns for many.(英文文本 via CNTV)

重点解析 Key  Phrases/Words

1. migrant workers 流动工人,农民工

2. hard-earned adj. 辛苦得到的;来之不易

3. improbable adj. 不大可能是真实的,不大可能的

4. construction contractor 工程承包商;施工承包商

5. empty promise 白话,空头支票

6.  ineffectual adj. 无效的,不起作用的,徒劳无益的

7. take a toll (on) 产生负面影响,造成损失

8. vulnerable group n. 弱势群体



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