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China: Panasonic compensates employees for living with air pollution

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13 March 2014

Panasonic compensates employees for China pollution problem in rare move for global companies

Author: Associated Press, Lethbridge Herald (Canada)

Japanese electronics maker Panasonic Corp. is compensating employees for living with air pollution in China…The payment for what the company described as the “PM2.5 problem,” referring to tiny particles in the air that at sufficient quantities reduce visibility and increase health risks, is part of a package negotiated annually for employees in China who belong to the Panasonic union…Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai have become notorious for noxious air but pollution pay is still relatively rare among global companies…The company on Thursday did not disclose the amount of the payments, which start in April, or give a number for those eligible…Panasonic employs about 70,000 people in China and was among the first Japanese companies to expand aggressively there…It said the compensation is offered to union members, but not to locally hired staff.

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Author: 詹妮弗•汤普森,金融时报(英国)

松下(Panasonic)宣布将向派往中国的员工发放津贴,以补偿严重污染对他们的危害,成为开此先河的第一家国际公司…并将中国部分城市高水平的PM2.5值列为依据。直径小于或等于2.5微米的颗粒物能通过人的肺部进入血液,加剧哮喘、癌症以及心脏疾病。雾霾已成了中国公众不满的焦点,尤其是在北京这类繁华都市,该市曾在2月遭遇连续一周的“有害”空气。它也是外籍人员列举的离开中国的主要原因之一。松下没有透露上述津贴方案所覆盖的在华日籍员工人数或具体金额。中国员工将不会得到额外津贴。其他公司最近都在悄悄提高驻华外籍人员的福利…

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Author: 詹妮弗•湯普森,金融時報(英國)

松下(Panasonic)宣布將向派往中國的員工發放津貼,以補償嚴重污染對他們的危害,成為開此先河的第一家國際公司…並將中國部分城市高水平的PM2.5值列為依據。直徑小於或等於2.5微米的顆粒物能通過人的肺部進入血液,加劇哮喘、癌症以及心臟疾病。霧霾已成了中國公眾不滿的焦點,尤其是在北京這類繁華都市,該市曾在2月遭遇連續一周的“有害”空氣。它也是外籍人員列舉的離開中國的主要原因之一。松下沒有透露上述津貼方案所覆蓋的在華日籍員工人數或具體金額。中國員工將不會得到額外津貼。其他公司最近都在悄悄提高駐華外籍人員的福利…

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