China will start a special inspection of pay for rural workers,
starting on Nov. 1, to safeguard their interests, according to
sources with the Ministry of Labor and Social Security (MLSS).
Employers should submit detailed reports to the ministry on
payment of rural workers, explaining the cause of default, the sum
and number of employees involved and make compensating budgets,
said the ministry.
From Nov. 16, the Ministry of Construction, Ministry of Public
Security and All China Federation of Trade Unions will join the
MLSS to carry out nationwide scrutiny of employers in key
industries and regions and those who had reported defaults.
"Employers who viciously postpone or skimp payments would face
punishments ranging from suspension of business to depriving them
of operation licenses," said the official, adding those who fail to
pay the minimum and overtime wages to rural workers would also be
punished in accordance with law.
The move will come to an end on Jan. 31 2008, about a week ahead
of the Chinese Spring Festival when rural workers return home for
(Xinhua News Agency November 1, 2007)