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Time running out for fleeing bosses

CITIES in south China's Guangdong Province are seeking a solution to the problem of bosses of failing businesses running off to avoid having to pay their workers.

Jiang Daoguang, a 47-year-old migrant worker in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province, found his boss had disappeared when he and his fellow workers returned to work after the Spring Festival break.

"He paid us all the wages before the holidays, but according to the law, the boss should compensate us one month's salary for every year we worked for him. It means I should get 8,800 yuan (US$1,257) as I had worked for him for 10 years," Jiang said.

The Dayi Shoes Factory was run by Yang Kunyu, a Taiwanese, in Baiyun District in Guangzhou. An emergency task force set up by the district government held talks with worker representatives and each worker received 300 yuan. The task force also persuaded two local shoe factories to offer them jobs.

"It usually takes a long time to find the runaway bosses. The workers can't stand waiting. They demand an immediate settlement," said Wu Weiqiang, a Baiyun District official.

The Pearl River Delta has many overseas-invested plants and large groups of migrant workers.

"The bosses can easily escape overseas and once they are away from the mainland, mostly back to Taiwan or Hong Kong, it's hard to get them back," Wu said.

"The bosses should go through legal procedure if they declare bankruptcy. Consequently, most just disappear and leave all the troubles to us."

He added: "There should be laws to punish the fugitive bosses."

Shenzhen, a special economic zone, launched measures to deal with the problem last June. Each enterprise in Shenzhen is required to hand in 400 yuan a year per worker to the local labor department fund.

It helped pay 25 million yuan in 48 such cases in the fourth quarter last year, said Wu Liyong, director of Shenzhen Labor and Social Security Department.

The special economic zone is also to put fugitive bosses on a blacklist to prevent them from bidding for government projects.




 

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