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“Govt workers losing ‘jobs for life’” – Destruction of China’s ‘iron rice bowl’ [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, Employment, Labor, Shenzhen on November 16, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Ling Yuhuan (Global Times)
November 09, 2012

Two people born in the 1980s became the first government workers to be hired under contract in Zhangzhou, Fujian Province, making Fujian another pioneering province to adopt the controversial civil service contracting system.

Lin Fujun and Lin Yuesheng signed three-year contracts with a monthly salary of 6,000 yuan ($961.2) with the Guleigang economic development zone administration Tuesday, becoming the first two government employees in the province who were not included as state administrative staff with wages and benefits covered by the state public finance, according to the Xiamen-based Haixia Daobao newspaper.

Unlike permanent public employees, the contracted workers will have to pay a certain proportion of their own medical insurance and pension as do employees of enterprises.

The new system has broken the “iron rice bowl” of ordinary government workers, Cheng Jizhong, deputy director with the Zhangzhou City Administration of Civil Service, was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

In addition to Zhangzhou, Xiamen and Pingtan counties in Fujian Province have also been chosen by the Fujian Provincial Administration of Civil Service as pilot areas to carry out the new contract employment system.

As early as 2007 and 2009, the Shenzhen government in Guangdong Province first hired 53 government workers under term contracts, and continued to popularize the system to all the new civil servants in the city’s government departments starting in January 1, 2010, the People’s Daily reported. Sichuan Province in May began a trial that will see many of its workers put on term contracts…

Full article link: http://english.people.com.cn/90882/8011699.html

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Injured worker’s family sues in Foxconn ‘threats’ [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, Labor, Law enforcement, Shenzhen on November 7, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

October 31, 2012

THE father of a Foxconn worker left brain-damaged by a factory accident in southern China took the company to court yesterday in a case that heaps more attention on the labor practices of Apple Inc’s largest contract manufacturer.

The case involves Zhang Tingzhen, a 26-year-old engineer who had nearly half of his brain surgically removed after surviving an electric shock a year ago.

His case came to light after it was reported that Foxconn sent telephone text messages to his family telling them it would cut off funding for his treatment and other expenses if they did not remove him from hospital in Shenzhen City and submit him for a disability assessment 70km away in Huizhou, where the company says he was hired. But his father, Zhang Guangde, is contesting that and says his son was hired in Shenzhen, not Huizhou, where wages and compensation are substantially lower than in Shenzhen.

A lawyer representing Zhang’s family said after a three-hour court hearing that they furnished ample evidence showing that Zhang was hired in Shenzhen.

Foxconn officials were not immediately available for comment.

Doctors removed half of Zhang’s brain to keep him alive and he remains in the hospital, unable to speak or walk properly.

His case has raised fresh questions regarding Foxconn, one of the biggest and most high-profile private employers in China, after a series of suicides among its workforce of about 1 million and recent labor unrest.

Article link: http://english.people.com.cn/90882/7998151.html

Stay vigilant about loss of government’s ‘intangible assets’ [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, Corruption, CPC, CPC Central Committee (CPCCC), Economy, Environmental protection, Housing, Shenzhen on July 7, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

June 10, 2011

Sincerely responding to social concerns and voluntarily maintaining the governments’ “intangible assets” including credibility are the political responsibilities of each party and government cadre. Emergencies would turn into negative factors harming the government’s credibility if they cannot be dealt with well, while proper handling may enhance credibility.

While economic development and social wealth accumulation are tangible, credibility belongs to intangible assets. Just like tangible assets, intangible assets should also be accumulated bit by bit. The difference is that the government’s intangible assets can be lost in a much easier and faster way. The responses of governments at all levels to hot issues and of social concern in recent years have demonstrated the rise and fall of intangible assets.

Following the 2009 Chengdu bus fire tragedy, the government disclosed information in an active and timely manner, which not only resolved various doubts and uncertainties but also united the pubic to face difficulty together with the government. Faced with public doubt about prohibiting groups of migrant workers to appeal for payments during the 2011 Shenzhen Universiade, housing construction authorities lifted the ban and apologized publicly. This not only showed the spirit of Shenzhen as a special economic zone but also effectively maintained the reputation of the local government.

Emergencies would turn into negative factors harming the government’s credibility if they cannot be dealt with well, while proper handling may enhance credibility.

It is important not to blame the information disclosers in the wake of events, but rather we should promote smooth exchange between the government and the public. Furthermore, we must not shift responsibilities after situation is worsened, but rather we should focus on solving practical problems. If emergencies can be responded to in such ways, the outcome will be a win-win result, turning crises into opportunities. The government’s public management and credibility will be improved and the public’s legitimate aspirations and interests of fairness will be realized.

Some officials mistakenly believe that being open-minded to criticism and actively responding to public doubts will damage their image and prestige. However, nobody is always right, and the governments cannot always make the right decisions. When faced with criticism or unexpected events, cadres should not put off their duties or sweep mistakes under the carpet.

It has been repeatedly proven that it is inappropriate, overdue responses that makes things worse and even causes a trust crisis. The crisis could put government officials in a difficult situation where they will be criticized no matter what they do, even when they are doing good things, and people will not trust what they say, even when they are telling the truth.

In a period of social transformation when some conflicts emerge, local governments carry heavy burden and the cadres face great challenges in governance. Despite all difficulties, the Party should adhere to the principle of wholeheartedly serving the people, implement the scientific development outlook and strengthen the belief that “intangible assets,” including public trust, are much more important than “tangible assets” such as economic growth.

Certain local governments are increasing “tangible assets” at the expense of “intangible assets.” More specifically, they have built high-rise buildings, established convenient modern transportation systems, and achieved rapid GDP growth, but the forced demolition, corruption, jerry-built projects and pollution problems have simultaneously reduced public trust in government…

By People’s Daily Online

Excerpted by Zuo Shou

Full article: http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90780/91342/7406370.html

No sign of let up in China’s skyscraper building spree [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, Guangzhou, Housing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Taipei, Taiwan on June 26, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

June 8, 2011

Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen have the most skyscrapers in the country, according to the first China’s skyscraper report released by http://www.motiancity.com.

Hong Kong has 58 skyscrapers, followed by Shanghai’s 51 and Shenzhen’s 46. Beijing was ninth place with 13 high-rises.

China has been on a building spree of modern skyscrapers. Five of the world’s top 10 tallest buildings are in China. Apart from the tallest 828-meter-high Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the second tallest, the third, the fourth, the seventh and ninth are in Taipei, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Nanjing and Guangzhou.

According to the report, in the next three years, one high-rise will be completed every five days in China. The total number of Chinese skyscrapers – taller than 152 meters – will reach 800 in five years.

Some small cities also plan to build skyscrapers, arousing doubts about overheating investment, the report said.

Fangchenggang City in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has less than 1 million residents, yet plans to build a 528-meter-tall Asian International Financial Center, taller than the Shanghai World Financial Center, it said.

Researchers doubt whether skyscrapers in small cities can be leased out due to a lack of headquarter economy support and insufficient numbers of white-collar workers.

Source: Shanghai Daily

Article link: http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/90882/7403905.html

Shenzhen’s subway Line 4 goes into operation, connects Shenzhen with HK [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Special Economic Zones, Transportation on June 18, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

June 17, 2011

The southern Chinese city of Shenzhen’s Line 4 subway went into operation Thursday afternoon, seamlessly connecting Shenzhen and Hong Kong for the first time.

The 20.5-km subway line starts at Qinghu Station in north Shenzhen to Futian Port Station in the south. The Futian Port station connects to Hong Kong’s East Rail Line.

Passengers can also use the subway line’s Shenzhen North Station to connect to the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high-speed railway and the Xiamen-Shenzhen dedicated passenger line.

Xu Qin, mayor of Shenzhen, said on Thursday at the line’s opening ceremony that the opening of the line will have great significance for regional economic development.

Henry Tang Ying-yen, chief secretary for administration of the Hong Kong SAR, said the new line is conducive to further cooperation in economy and people’s livelihoods between Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

The subway line was built and is operated by the Hong Kong MTR Corp., Ltd. The line was built at a cost of 6 billion yuan over the course of 6 years.

Source: Xinhua

Article link: http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/90882/7412756.html

Blast at iPad plant in China reveals problems [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, Japan, Labor, Shenzhen on May 24, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

May 24, 2011

An explosion at one of two factories that make Apple’s iPad 2 highlights the risks of a global manufacturing strategy that has cut costs but concentrates production in a few locations.

Foxconn Technology Group, the contractor that makes Apple’s iPhones and iPads, said last Friday’s blast in the western Chinese city of Chengdu killed three employees and injured 15. The Taiwan-based company said production was suspended but did not respond to questions yesterday about how supplies of iPads might be affected.

Foxconn said the blast was caused by combustible dust in a workshop that polished products.  It said operations in workshops that do similar work at its other factories on China’s mainland would be suspended pending an investigation.

Estimates by industry analysts of the impact on iPad production ranged from minimal to up to 2.8 million units in lost output.  That is equal to just over half the number sold in the first three months of this year but Apple says sales are so strong it is already struggling to keep up with demand.

“There probably is going to be no impact”  if production resumes as expected in the next few days, said Citigroup analyst Kevin Chang in Taipei. “If this safety inspection drags on for two or three weeks, then there will be an impact on production.”

Coming as global auto and electronics makers struggle with parts shortages caused by Japan’s March 11 tsunami, the disaster emphasized the pitfalls for companies whose global sales depend on one or two factories. Continue reading

Police ordered not to meddle in house demolition [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, Corruption, CPC, Police, Shenzhen on March 10, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

March 4, 2011

China’s Ministry of Public Security on Thursday issued an order instructing police officers nationwide not to participate in activities outside their scope of responsibilities such as land expropriation and home demolitions.

According to the document, which included a series of guidelines aimed at curbing corruption, policemen would be "seriously questioned" if they abuse their power in land expropriations and home demolitions.  Erring officers may face severe consequences, the ministry warned.

The guidelines ordered police departments across the country to focus on the prevention of unnatural deaths of those detained by police.

The document also warned of other issues, such as excessive penalties and policemen selling public security products or operating entertainment businesses.

In addition, the ministry urged police departments to make full preparations for a series of major events scheduled for this year, such as the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China and the Universiade 2011 in August in the southern city of Shenzhen.

Source:Xinhua

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