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Major Trends

1. Coffee breaks will be counted into the working time

Jun 8, 2012, “Special Working Time Management Regulations (draft regulation)”which was published jointly by China’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MHRSS) and the State Council Legislative Affairs Office has been completed. The draft regulation provides guidelines that enterprises must guarantee workers to have at least 20-minute rest when they work more than 4 hours. And coffee breaks will be counted into the working time.

2. The high temperature was defined as 35°C

Jun, 2012, “The Measure of Heat Control (draft regulation)”which was published by China has been completed. The draft regulation stated that 35°C is considered as high temperature, when the temperature reaches 40°C, outdoor work should be ceased. When reaches between 37°C to 40°C, outdoor work should not exceed more than 5 hours.  Whereas between 35°C to 37°C (not include 37°C), shifts should be taken. If workers cease working due to high temperature, the enterprise shall not deduct their wages.

Industry Observation

3. 15 provinces and cities updated their minimum wage standards

According to statistic based on SGS Minimum Wages Map, until Jun 21, 2012, 15 provinces and cities have updated their minimum wages standards, including: Beijing, Sichuan, Jiangxi, Shanxi, Shenzhen, Shandong, Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangxi, Ningxia, Gansu, Shanxi, Yunnan, Chongqing, Jiangsu. Monthly minimum wage of Chongqing is RMB1050, Jiangxi is RMB870 and Gansu is RMB980.

4. Staffs got poisoning when cleaning the electroplating effluent pool

Jun 9, 2012, six staffs from a company in Dongyang, Zhejiang Province, got poisoning when they cleaned their electroplating effluent pool, four of them were dead. After the accident, the government of Dongyang had fully investigated the equipments of electroplating and chemical industry etc in the city to prevent similar accidents.

5. A firework factory exploded in Henan

Jun 18, 2012, 7 staffs of a firework factory were dead after an explosion in their plant in Huaiyang, Henan Province, according to the local related department, the factory is still in idle state because its safe production license has been expired, and its production is unauthorized.

6. Female students protest against dismissing the pregnant female staff

Jun, 2012, ten female college students in Guangzhou designed a performance art event to protest against the phenomenon of enterprises dismissing pregnant female staff. They dressed as pregnant women in the play to support the workers who are pregnant at work.

7. A fire accident in a warehouse in Huizhou

Jun 24, 2012, due to a short circuit of the aging wire, a warehouse in Huidong, Huizhou city caught fired. The accident took place at a storage facility of the household appliances, causing a 160 m² fire area and RMB200,000 losses.

International News

8. Rio+20 on Sustainable Development

Jun 22, 2012, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), Rio+20 ended in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The representatives of 193 countries (including more than 100 heads of state and government) adopted the final document “The Future We Want”. The commitment of achieving global sustainable development has been reaffirmed in the conference.

9. ECHA Published SVHC-List

Jun 18, 2012, EU Chemical Agency (ECHA) announced 13 substances of very high concern (SVHC) and there are 84 substances in the Candidate list. These substances involved in the industry of textiles, packaging, electrical and electronic, paper, plastic, circuit board printing and chemical.

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