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Welcome to SGS SAS News Clips Issue 17! This issue covers a variety of topics included the revision of Regulations on Work-Safety in Guangdong Province, the document of Labor dispatching regulation, Child labor, Safety, Fire, The First draft ever on Business & Freedom of Association, Guidelines of water information disclosure and Minimum Wages Updates in China etc.

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Major Trends

1.Guangdong Province has revised the Regulations on Work-Safety

On 5 July 2013, the Standing Committee of Guangdong Provincial People’s Congress released the revision of “Guangdong Province Work-Safety Regulations”on its official website for public opinion. It includes setting up the liability of insurance provisions for safety failures during production, refining its measures, and further strengthen their legal responsibilities. For details please click  SGS Safeguards

2.The Ministry of Human Resources released the draft of Labor dispatching regulation

On 7 Aug 2013, the Ministry of Human Resources released the“draft of Labor dispatching regulation” (hereinafter referred as the “draft”) for public opinion until Sep 7. The “draft” defines the rules of supportive posts in detail, of which the percentage of dispatch workers in enterprises is 10%.

 Industry Observation

3.Jiangsu, Liaoning, Jilin, Sichuan, Anhui and Fujian provinces updated the minimum wage standards

From Jul to Aug, 2013, Jiangsu, Liaoning, Jilin, Sichuan, Anhui and Fujian provinces updated the minimum wages standards. After the latest adjustment, monthly minimum wages in Jiangsu are RMB1480, RMB1280 and RMB1100, whereas Suzhou city, Zhangjiagang, Changshu, Taicang, Kunshan and Wujiang increased their minimum wages to 1530 RMB. The wages in Liaoning are RMB1300, RMB1050 and RMB900.  And wages in Jilin are RMB1320, RMB1220, RMB1120.  For Sichuan will be RMB 1200, RMB1140, RMB1070 and RMB1000; Anhui will be RMB 1260, RMB 1040, RMB 930 and RMB860. And Fujian will be RMB 1320, RMB 1170, RMB 1050 and RMB950. For more information, please visit SGS Minimum Wages Map

4.3 Factories employed child labors in Hebei

Aug, 2013, it was found that three luggage factories employed 3 child labors in Gaobeidian, Hebei Province respectively. According to the officials, the three bosses have got related administrative penalties, and the 3 children have been terminated and returned to their provinces.

5.1 worker died after factory explosion in Fujian

Aug 14, 2013, 1 worker died and 4 workers injured after an explosion of the steam pipe in the factory in Xiamen, Fujian Province. The accident is under investigation.

6. A plastic factory caught in fire in Jiangsu

Aug 22, 2013, a workshop of a plastic factory was on fire in Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province. Since there were a lot of flammable plastic raw materials had been stored in this workshop, causing the fire spread rapidly and ignited the second workshop.  Up to now, the accident is under further investigation.

7.1 worker died after the leakage of chemical gas in Zhejiang

Aug 25, 2013, there was a leakage of chemical gas inside a factory in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, causing 1 worker died. The factory has been currently shut down and waiting for further investigation.

 International News

8.Business & Human Rights Resource Centre Launched the First Report on Business & Freedom of Association

Jul 3, 2013, the non-profit Business & Human Rights Resource Centre launched its first report on business & freedom of association. It demonstrates the impact of freedom of association in an organisation, with key cases, trends and developments as references. It highlights the concern raised by society, how companies respond to allegations of misconduct, and the development of law, policy and lawsuits. Download the briefing here

9.Water Information Disclosure Guidelines Close to being Finalized

A The final draft of corporate water information disclosure guidelines should be published in the first half of 2014, as declared in the website of the United Nations. The guidelines will show companies how to collect and report data on the current stage of their water management practices, and will provide advice on assessing the implications of this information. It is hoped that the guidelines will offer a framework that encourages ‘more comparable and robust’ corporate water information reporting.

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