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Welcome to SGS Social Responsibility News Clips Issue 13! This issue covers “Regulation of Labor Insurance and Supervision for Guangdong Province”, “administrative measures of occupational health inspection (draft)”, general strike, Safety, HBV Discrimination, Jakarta will raise the minimum wage, Doha Conference and Minimum Wages Updates in China etc. Enjoy reading!

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1.Guangdong formally ratified that employers are not allowed to fine staff

Dec, 2012, the new “Regulation of Labor Insurance and Supervision for Guangdong Province” has been voted through in the 11 session of Standing Committee of the National People's Congress 38 conference and will come into force on 1 May 2013. The new regulation defines that employers will be warned if the regulation on fine appears in their rules. Meanwhile, employers will face additional charges if fails to pay the workers.

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2.The Ministry of Health drafted “administrative measures of occupational health inspection”

Nov 19, 2012, The Ministry of Health released a draft of administrative measures of occupational health inspection for public opinion until Dec 21. The measures stated that the occupational health examination units should offer health test if workers request for occupational examination. The employing units shall bear the expenses.

Industry Observation

3. Henan, Shanxi, Zhejiang province and Beijing updated the minimum wage standards

Jan 1, 2013, Henan, Shanxi, Zhejiang province and Beijing have updated the minimum wages standards. After the adjustment, monthly and hourly minimum wage of Henan are RMB1240 & RMB11.7, Shanxi are RMB1150 & RMB11.5, and Zhejiang are RMB1470 & RMB12, Beijing are RMB1400 & RMB15.2. For more information, please visit SGS Minimum Wages Map.

4. A shoe worker jumped for justice in Guangzhou

Dec 8, 2012, a female worker of a shoe factory in Guangzhou would like to take leave and go home (Sichuan Province) for 8 days. However, the factory only allowed a 3-day leave. She therefore jumped off from the third floor of the factory dormitory for justice, which caused chest and lung perforation. The worker has been working with the factory for more than 10 years. Owing to the peak season during Chinese New Year, she hasn’t been home for three years.

5. Thousands of workers struck for pay in Jiangsu

Dec 10, 2012, a shipping company has not been paying wages to the workers since May, which lead to thousands of workers go on a strike against them in Taizhou, Jiangsu Province. Since workers need money for New Year, they chose to go on strike, hoping to get back their wages.

6. A lingerie factory fired in Guangdong

Dec 4, 2012, a lingerie factory caught fire, causing a 200㎡ fire area and 14 workers died in Shantou, Guangdong Province. After investigation, it was an arson due to a RMB500 labor dispute with boss. The arsonist set the factory on fire to vent his anger. At present, investigation and follow-up work is in progress.

7. A factory posted the photos of HBV workers in Guangdong

Dec, 2012, 14 HBV workers of a plastic mold factory encountered HBV discrimination in Dongguan, Guangdong Province. The factory posted their photos which allows security guard to differentiate the HBV workers from using the tableware. According to the investigation, factory does make the HBV index as medical standards when recruiting employees. At present, the factory has been ordered to rectify.

International News

8. The minimum wage will be raised in Jakarta, Indonesia

Indonesia's trade union federation launched a mass strikes demanding for higher wages recently. Finally, workers in Jakarta yielded a 44 percent minimum wage increase to 2.2 million rupiah ($228) a month, which comes into effect next year.

9. The Doha United Nations Climate Change Conference wrapped up

Dec 8, 2012, the two-week meeting of the UN Climate Change Conference wrapped up in the Qatari capital.  The amendment of Kyoto Protocol has been adopted in the conference whereby to assure the second phase of the Protocol will be implemented in 2013.  This is to ensure that developed countries will make huge reduction before 2020.

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