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[Week 14] Guangdong Specifies Punishments for Paycheck Delays
2015-April-10 Source: Newsgd.com
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A court in south China's Guangdong Province issued a penalty standard for recruiters failing to provide paychecks on time, a move aimed at protecting the rights of migrant workers who are often victims of delayed paychecks.

The standard puts Guangdong’s 21 cities into two categories according to their development levels. Class A cities refers to the six major cities on the Pearl River Delta, including the capital city Guangzhou, while less-developed cities fall into the Class B category, the Guangdong Higher People's Court said in a statement last week.

Employers in Class A cities will face jail terms if they delay paying 20,000 yuan (3,257 USD) or more for three months or more or if paychecks amount to at least 100,000 yuan for at least 10 workers.

Employers in Class B cities face prison sentences if they delay paying 10,000 yuan or more for three months or more, or if their delayed paychecks amount to at least 60,000 yuan for at least 10 workers. Guangdong has seen a number of wage dispute incidents in the past few years, with 295 people sentenced in 277 such cases between 2012 and 2014.

Wang Zaikui, a judge with the court, told Xinhua that there was no unified standard against paycheck delays in Guangdong, making law implementation difficult. "Guangdong has a large inflow of migrant workers and the new standard is quite necessary in settling their disputes," said Wang who says disputes have not been confined to Guangdong.

In November 2014, at least 10 migrant workers threatened to jump from a building after failing to claim unpaid wages in Suzhou City in Anhui Province. A month later, a female migrant worker was allegedly beaten to death during a confrontation with police when chasing unpaid wages in Taiyuan, capital of north China's Shanxi Province.

Editor: Chan
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