COVID-19 work resumption in China: “sweatshops” become “blood shops”

The Chinese leaders set out eight requirements at a key meeting held on Sunday to resume the nation’s economic activities in an orderly way. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) chooses to resume production to delay an economic collapse. The CCP is turning “sweatshops” into “blood shops” by forcing people to return to work with lawsuits and denying compensation for contracting COVID-19 at work.

CCP uses lawsuits to force people to return to work

Translation:

Title: How to handle people who refuse to return to work using epidemic as an excuse

When the officially extended holiday is over, all employees must follow the employers’ orders by returning to work. Otherwise, they will take legal responsibilities if they cannot provide special reasons (for not returning to work).

Salary during the extended holiday

Those who had to work during the extended holiday between Jan 32 and Feb 2 should get 200% of their regular pay or get compensational vacation days. Those who had to work after Feb 3 should receive regular pay.

Salary during quarantine time

People should receive regular pay during COVID-19 quarantine time.

Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security: there is no compensation for contracting COVID-19 at work.

Translation:

Title: Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security: COVID-19 infection at work cannot be regarded as a work-related injury

China News Web Feb 21, 2020

China News Web client-end report (Li Jinlei) Is it a work-related injury for COVID-19 infection at work?

Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said on the 21st:

it is regarded as work-related injury/death covered by insurance when medical or related personnel contract COVID-19 for providing epidemic prevention and treatment.

This is a special policy for medical or related personnel, who provide epidemic prevention and treatment, with high-risk COVID-19 exposures during the epidemic period. It is a display of care and love from the Communist Party and the country towards the medical personnel.

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Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security: COVID-19 infection at work cannot be regarded as a work-related injury

Many COVID-19 infections reported at work

Title: Many companies in Shenzhen including Vanguard reported COVID-19 infections two weeks into work resumption; over 600 workers in quarantine

Many COVID-19 infections were reported two weeks after work resumption. Some companies only gave out seven masks. Workers are afraid to go on business trips.

Reported by Caijin Tianxia Weekly Public Account, written by Zhou Xiangyue

Unfortunately, the employee of Dangdang was diagnosed with COVID-19 four days after the diagnosis of a relative of this Dangdang employee.

On Feb 20, Dangdang confirmed the COVID-19 diagnosis of an employee on Feb 19. This employee was instructed to work from home after his/her mother was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Feb 15.

Multinational corporations are hesitant to resume production in China due to potential lawsuits

CCP’s eight requirements on the resumption of work and production

From China State Media:

One: Each region should adopt a precise approach when advancing the resumption of work and production based on local health risks.

Regions with relatively low risks should reorient their disease prevention and control strategies as soon as possible to focus on forestalling imported cases and comprehensively restoring order to production and life.

Medium-risk regions should promote work and production resumption in an orderly manner based on local epidemic-control situations, while high-risk regions should continue to be fully committed to doing a good job in epidemic prevention and control.

Two: China should strengthen the regulation role of macro-economic policies.

The country’s proactive fiscal policy should be more positive and more targeted to interim policies in cutting taxes and fees should be rolled out to help micro, small and medium-sized firms tide over difficulties.

Also, a prudent monetary policy should feature more flexibility and moderation.

China should make good use of existing financial support policies and introduce new policies and measures in due course.

Three: China will step up efforts to keep employment stable, with all-round measures to cut corporate burdens, keep the payroll stable, and create more jobs.

In addressing outstanding problems of the serious scarcity of workers in some enterprises, high pressure in keeping the payroll stable and difficulty of key groups to obtain employment, efforts should be given to support flexible employment through multiple channels and facilitate the employment of college graduates.

Four: The country should resolutely accomplish the task of alleviating poverty despite the impact of the epidemic.

Efforts should be made to help poor workers return to their posts in an orderly manner, support leading poverty alleviation enterprises and workshops to resume work as soon as possible, and improve mechanisms to prevent people from returning to poverty.

Five: Efforts should be made to push for the resumption of work and production with precise epidemic prevention and control strategies, while smoothing travels and logistics channels and lifting cargo transport bans to push all links in the industrial chains to resume work and production in a coordinated way.

The country should actively expand effective domestic demand, fast-track the progress of projects under construction and new ones, as well as enhance guarantees for labor, land, funds and other production factors.

Six: In the meantime, China will ensure timely agriculture work in spring.

In doing so, efforts should be made to address the protruding issues in spring farming preparation and ensure well-organized production, transportation, and supply of farming materials.

Seven: People’s basic livelihood should be guaranteed, such as the supply of staple and non-staple food.

Enhanced efforts should be made to take care of those in need, as well as those losing family members due to the epidemic.

Efforts should also be made to coordinate medical treatment for patients with other diseases.

Eight: The country should keep foreign trade and investment stable amid the epidemic outbreak.

Foreign trade policy tools, like export tax rebates and export credit insurance, should be put to good and full play to ensure the smooth operation of foreign trade industrial chains and supply chains.

Major foreign investment projects should be well implemented, while the opening-up of finance and other services should be expanded.

The business environment should continue to be optimized to strengthen foreign businesses’ confidence in long-term investment and operation in China.

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