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Cover Stories Series 2012> NPC & CPPCC Sessions Wrap-Up> Meeting the Press
UPDATED: March 12, 2012 NO. 11 MARCH 15, 2012
Economic and Social Priorities

Employment promotion

Yin Weimin

Yin Weimin: First, the government will promote employment more actively and use economic growth to expand the number of available jobs.

Second, more vocational training programs will be organized to increase job seekers' skills.

Third, special efforts will be made to help college graduates, migrant workers and veterans find jobs.

Fourth, the government will encourage entrepreneurship as a means of creating more jobs.

Fifth, employment-related public services will be improved to facilitate information exchange between employers and job seekers.

Assisting graduates

First, efforts will be intensified to create more posts suitable for college graduates.

Second, incentive policies will be implemented to encourage college graduates to seek employment in smaller cities, less developed central and western areas, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises.

Third, programs will be launched to nurture entrepreneurship among graduates and encourage them to set up small technology-focused companies.

Fourth, public services for job-hunting college graduates will be improved, such as setting up employment-focused websites and organizing on-campus job fairs.

Curbing wage arrears

First, after the Criminal Law criminalized "malicious arrears of wage" last year, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security will work with the Supreme People's Court, China's highest judicial organ, to draft a judicial interpretation on this crime.

As most victims of wage arrears are migrant workers employed in construction and catering industries, construction companies will be required to deposit guarantee money as insurance against possible wage arrears, and a mechanism will be introduced to hold general contractors accountable for violations committed by their sub-contractors. The government is establishing wage arrear victims' funds to pay migrant workers who are employed by small and medium-sized companies, and culpable employers in such cases will be punished.

Second, a public awareness campaign will be organized to help workers cope with employers maliciously withholding payments.

Last, labor and social security authorities will intensify law enforcement efforts. The goal is to basically root out "malicious arrears of wage" by the end of 2015.

Workers' interests

First, more laws and regulations protecting workers' rights will be drafted.

Second, labor and social security law enforcement departments will intensify their supervision of companies and violations of the Labor Contract Law will be strictly punished.

Third, companies will be urged to improve their workers' living conditions.

Fourth, a public awareness campaign will be organized to create a more worker-friendly environment.

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