Service stations for outdoor workers

Putuo District Trade Unions are promoting a city government's campaign to provide better working conditions for outdoor workers under the ongoing heatwave.

Putuo District Trade Unions are promoting a city government’s campaign to provide better working conditions for outdoor workers under the ongoing heatwave.

The campaign, initiated by the Shanghai Federation of Trade Unions and Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau in February, is meant to cater for the desires of outdoor workers and to ensure safe working conditions under the scorching temperatures.

Service stations

A number of service stations have been set up across the city, in banks, telecommunications stores, supermarkets, pharmacies, post offices, restaurants, hotels and existing service stations of subdistrict governments and district trade unions. They intend to serve street cleaners, package and food delivery workers, truck drivers, traffic police officers and assistants.

Up to 10 such stations have already been created in Putuo for workers to rest themselves, with facilities as air-conditioning, a refrigerator, a microwave oven, a water dispenser, charging sockets, as well as tables and chairs. All sites are designed to provide drinking water, cooling equipment, cell phone charging, first-aid kits among other things. Some stations also provide innovative services, allowing workers to receive other necessities with a quick scanning on mobile phone.

Strict management

Each station is under strict management to ensure that both personnel and equipment are in sound service, and that the site is easy to be recognized, according to Putuo trade unions.

Following the notice of the district trade unions on sunstroke prevention, Putuo trade unions have visited over 15,000 outdoor workers in 500 companies, especially the model and impoverished workers, to remind them about the prevention measures.

Online heat preventing activities are also under way, based on WeChat account “Pugongying,” attending to more than 3,000 workers in need. Workers can buy discounted electric fans, drinks or learn how to make heat prevention creams at home through the account.

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