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Migrant workers receive 1.2m yuan unpaid wages

SOME 1.2 million yuan (US$193,200) in unpaid wages was distributed among 83 migrant workers yesterday and 21 employers detained, the Pudong New Area People’s Court said.

Yesterday also marked the launch of an initiative by the court to help migrant workers to get the wages they’re due from unscrupulous bosses.

The sum distributed yesterday was collected through compulsory measures against the employers and from a government fund, said court officials.

One of the recipients, surnamed You, received 24,000 yuan from the court.

The company he had been working for suddenly closed in December 2013, with the owner fleeing.

Since the company owner is still being sought, the court worked with district human resources and social security authorities to provide the outstanding wages for the workers.

This will be repaid into the funds when retrieved from the employer, said officials.

Another 47 workers at a bankrupt glass decorative product manufacturer got their salaries after the court auctioned off the factory machinery.

Employers who don’t pay their workers will be put on a blacklist or face a fine or detention, the court said.


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