New contract focuses on employees' rights
By Qiu Quanlin (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-10-11 05:57
GUANGZHOU: Employees' rights should be better protected by a new labour
contract, due to be implemented this year, sources with the Guangzhou Municipal
Bureau of Labour and Social Security said yesterday.
According to one official, the capital of Guangdong Province is set to
introduce a new labour contract guaranteeing workers payments based on their
regular working hours.
"The specified payment system and working hours will help both employers and
employees better communicate with each other when labour disputes occur," Xie
Yingjian, an official with the bureau, said in an interview with China Daily.
The old labour contract stipulates minimum wages instead of payment based on
According to Xie, many workers were not paid according to their working
"Some of them were not even paid during the official holidays," said Xie.
According to Chinese labour laws, employees should be paid during official
holidays, including during marriage and maternity leave.
Neither does the old contract specify details for overtime.
According to Xie, employees should negotiate with employers for increased
"The new contract provides a possibility for workers to get payments
according to their working hours," Xie said.
The new contract will also enable workers to better understand their
responsibilities and abide by labour laws, Xie said.
But, according to Xie, employers in the city will not be forced to adopt the
"It is a sample contract for employers and their employees, providing a legal
platform for them to seek mutual benefits and protect their rights," said Xie.
In another development, Guangdong Province has set up a medical organization
for examining employeees' ability to work.
The organization was formed by 1,390 doctors from 19 hospitals to ensure
standard inspection of employees' ability to work.
At present, about 100,000 workers in Guangdong undergo the working ability
examination every year.
(China Daily 10/11/2005 page3)