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25 Feb 2024

Coco Feng, South China Morning Post,

China introduces new guidelines for online platforms to ensure minimum wage, breaks and rights protection for gig workers

"Meituan, Didi Chuxing in the spotlight as China stresses rights of delivery, ride-hailing gig workers" 25 February 2024

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MHRSS) released three new guidelines on Friday, stipulating how operators of delivery, ride-hailing, transport, and household services platforms should ensure that workers’ salaries match local minimum wages, and provide them with time off.

The latest documents are an extension of a regulation published in 2021 that requires operators to meet minimum wage standards and provide social security access to their workers, who are mostly freelancers not protected by traditional employment contracts.

Since then, authorities have conducted in-depth research and found that “pronounced problems” still exist in the industry, including excessive working hours, lack of clarity in the adoption of minimum wage standards, and the need to offer wider channels for rights protection...

The new guidelines state that platforms should send push notifications through their apps to remind workers to take a break if they have been working longer than the maximum hours agreed between the employer, labour union and employees.

The rules also stressed that companies should listen and respond to complaints from their workers...

In 2022, the government summoned representatives from companies, including Didi and Meituan, at least twice to lecture them on workers’ interest. In January this year, the MHRSS said it would offer more public services for gig workers, such as vocational training and information on job vacancies...