November 10, 2011 Thursday Clear Liu Ming
People are easy to be absent-minded whatever we meet. As the old saying goes, ”shoes must be wet while walking beside the river.” Mr Cao from Shangcai, Henan just met this problem.
Since the beginning of the year, Mr Cao together with his 30 worker fellows from the nearby village have worked in a college construction site located around Circle 3. As an improper estimation of the whole construction, the outputs were gradually overcoming the inputs. Thus Mr Cao had to pay for workers’ salary by own wallet. The positive aspect was that after consultation the employer agreed to increase the construction payment but there was not a definite amount and the way to increase not being mentioned or even signed in the contract. Now the construction has been over but half of workers’ salary was not paid. At this point, the employer has not paid the agreed amount of money. Both workers and boss made Cao in the middle which made him so puzzled.
Actually, this situation commonly exists in construction industry. Somebody else always undertake a construction job under contract. As for the real employers, on one hand they prevent themselves from employment risks; on the other hand they could save the cost. Most contractors paid their workers by day. The industrious workers always do much than those who loaf on the job, however, all workers are paid the same. Therefore, the contractors prefer to employ their relatives or friends who they have get a good realization. Here we can find the reason why the construction industry is always unions of fellow-workers.
Phone mediation met a positive result that at the end of the project the employer could increase payment but the amount having not being agreed.
The visitors today are a little bit more, totally 30. Beside 2 job hunters, others all sought help for wages reclaiming. There are 20 hotline calls with 2 from outside Beijing.
receiving the migrant worker visitors
Key words: absent-minded; construction; salary