Model workers and their contributions were honored at a conference in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke at the conference, calling for efforts to promote and encourage the spirit of model workers, the value of work, the pursuit of fine workmanship, and to realize, protect and develop the legitimate rights and interests of workers.
A total of 1,689 people were honored as national role model workers and 804 as exemplary individuals.
The last time Xi attended the conference for model workers and exemplary individuals was on April 28, 2015.
It was the first time in 36 years that China once again honored model workers and exemplary individuals in the name of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the State Council.
This year's conference was originally planned for the eve of May 1, or international Labor Day. It was postponed to November due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Model workers are elites of the Chinese nation, role models for the people and heroes of the republic, Xi said, noting that the Party and the state have always attached great importance to giving play to the important roles of model workers and exemplary individuals.
The working class and working people have been the main force to secure a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and winning the battle against poverty, Xi said.
Xi underscored efforts to realize, protect and develop the legitimate rights and interests of workers, and enable the working class and working people to have a stronger sense of fulfillment, happiness and security.
Greater prominence must be given to stabilizing jobs, Xi said, calling for continuously increasing workers' income and building a multi-tiered social security system for them.
(Compiled by Luo Meiqi and Bao Han. Original story: CCTV)