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Welcome to SGS SAS News Clips Issue 22!  This issue covers a variety of topics including contribution income level for retirement insurance and allowance for high temperature workplace in Guangdong, the UN Environment Assembly, strike, child labor, fire safety, Update on Minimum Wages in China and more.

Major Trends

  1. Guangdong Province announced the contribution income level for retirement insurance in 2014
    Jul 1, 2014, the Human Resources and Social Security of Guangdong Province announced that there is an adjustment of the contribution income level for retirement insurance for employees.  After the adjustment, the upper limit is RMB13404, and the lower limit is RMB 2408.  Click here to view the original
  2. Allowance for high temperature workplace should be paid during June to October in Guangdong
    Recently, the Human Resources and Social Security of Guangdong Province reminded the employers that they should pay allowance for high temperature workplace to workers from June to October.  The standard is RMB1500 per person per month, or RMB6.9 per person per day.  The allowance can’t be subsidised by beverages.  Click here to view the original

Industry Observation

  1. Guizhou, Jiangxi, Sichuan province and Inner Mongolia have updated the minimum wage standards
    July 1st, 2014, Guizhou, Jiangxi, Sichuan Provinces and Inner Mongolia have updated the minimum wages standards.  After the latest adjustment, monthly minimum wages in Guizhou are RMB1250, RMB1100 and RMB1000.  Jiangxi Province has adjusted from the 5th Class area to 4th Class area and the monthly minimum wages are RMB1390, RMB1300, RMB1210 and RMB1060.  Sichuan has adjusted from the 4th Class area to the 3rd Class area and the monthly minimum wages are RMB1400, RMB1250 and RMB1100.  Whereas, the wages in Inner Mongolia are RMB1500, RMB1400, RMB1300 and RMB1200 respectively.  Please click here to read SGS Safeguards on China 14 Provinces updated the Minimum Wages in the First Half of 2014.   For more information, please visit SGS Minimum Wages Map
  2. 3 managers crawled under high temperature as self-punishment in Sichuan
    Recently, 3 managers of a decoration company crawled under high temperature as self-punishment since they didn’t finish the assigned tasks.  They said they would like to motivate others to work hard.  Some of the staff shaved their head or eyebrows for self-punishment.
  3. An electronic factory employed child labor in Dongguan
    Jul 2014, an electronic factory employed dispatch student workers in Dongguan, Guangdong Province, and most of them are child labor who were less than 16 years old.  At present, the factory has sent these 192 children back to their hometown and paid each of them RMB1500.  Human resource department required the factory to go through a comprehensive inspection on dispatch labor.
  4. A packaging factory was on fire in Guangdong
    Jun 24, 2014, a packaging workshop which has stored foam material was on fire, causing 800㎡ fire area in Jiangmen, Guangdong Province.  The accident is under further investigation.
  5. A leakage of sodium hypochlorite in a chemical factory in Zhejiang
    Jun 18, 2014, there was a leakage of sodium hypochlorite inside a chemical factory in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province. 33 workers of the chemical factory and the workers of the nearby factories inhaled volatile gases and have to be hospitalized.  Up to now, the accident is still under investigation.

International News

  1. 220000 workers went on strike for pay rise in South African
    Recently, more than 220,000 workers who belong to the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) went on strike in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, demanding for a wage increase of 12 to 15 percent, while employer only offered 7~8 percent.  This was one of the strikes that demonstrated by the largest labour group in South Africa.
  2. The UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi
    Jun 23, the UN Environment Assembly was held for the first time in Nairobi, Kenya.  The conference has reached 16 resolutions of which air quality was one of the important issues.  The conference suggested that governments could set standards and policies for related industries to reduce the discharge of pollutants, lessen the impact of air contamination on health, economy and sustainable development.

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