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Fund helps 42 workers receive back pay

FORTY-TWO employees from two companies received back pay totaling 327,000 yuan (US$52,529) yesterday from a government-backed fund set up by the Shanghai Human Resources and Social Security Bureau.

They were among 60 workers hired by a leather goods company and a shipping agency, the names were not revealed, that had large debts and had no money to pay the delayed wages.

The wages remained unpaid even after the Hongkou District Arbitration Commission ordered the companies to pay their employees.

A man, surnamed Jin, thanked Judge Mao Wei for helping him to get 2,900 yuan in back pay yesterday.

"I am going to get married soon and I have to pay housing loans every month. The unpaid salary has driven me crazy in the past months," said Jin, the US line manager of the shipping agency who earns a pre-tax salary of 12,000 yuan per month.

Jin said the agency owed him two months of wages plus sales commissions. He was the leader of the 18 workers who went to the arbitration commission.

"The fund helped us. I am very happy with the result today," Jin said.

In the two cases, the workers are either young adults who have to pay monthly housing loans and raise a child or low-paid shop assistants who need money for necessities.

Wage woes are always a public concern at year end as migrant workers wish to take their savings home to their family for the Chinese New Year.


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