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China: Only a small fraction of employees receive normal wage payment during delayed work resumption period, survey shows

“Survey report of work resumption condition during the COVID-19 outbreak in China: Fewer than 30% of employees received normal wage payment during the delayed work resumption period”, 15 July 2020

Affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak, suspension of work and production was applied in various industries, followed by the problems of employees’ wage payment during the delayed work resumption period (and work resumption period)…

To learn about the labour rights issues during COVID-19 spreading period, a labour organization in Guangdong province conducted an online survey about work resumption conditions. Two hundred and ten valid responses were collected…

… Instead of the full picture of labour right issues in China, this report aims at providing information related to salary payment of a small proportion of Chinese employees during the delayed work resumption period, with support of real data…

From the survey, nearly 80% of the employees delayed their work resumption due to the COVID-19, but no more than 30% of them received full payment during the special period.

Salary cut, increased workloads or even unemployment caused pressures on the labour. Because of the large labour force size in China, 6% dismissal rate could reflect a significant number of unemployed people when more enterprises resume production…