Photo taken on Wednesday shows a worker at a Beijing legal aid service answer questions from migrant workers. (Photos: Legal Daily)
The number of cases of unpaid salary by rural migrant workers is on the rise as the Spring Festival approaches, the Ministry of Justice said.
The year of 2017 saw around 440,000 rural migrant workers’ legal aid cases settled, benefiting 490,000 recipients. Unpaid salary worth around 8,300 million yuan ($1,321 million) was reclaimed, effectively safeguarding the rights of rural migrant workers.
Local legal aid service institutions have implemented a “migrant workers’ legal protection green channel” by expediting procedures and lowering entry requirements.
For example, workers in Hubei and Jilin already enjoyed priority in legal aid issues. Zhejiang Province has been improving rural migrant workers’ legal aid application procedures, trying to make sure that workers can apply for legal aid in one visit.
Local governments are required to set up professional legal aid teams to assist rural migrant workers.
Jilin, Jiangsu, Hubei and Sichuan provinces will launch a series of 100-day legal aid activities, said the ministry, aiming to protect rural migrant workers’ legal rights and interests, provide legal consulting, and help write legal documents.
It has been suggested that local governments should expand the application channel and gradually accept online lawsuits. Rural migrant workers can use the “Baidu Legal Aid Map” to find places while applying for legal aid.
Legal aid institutions have set up facilities in Jilin and several other provinces. This can lower costs and offer more convenience to rural migrant workers.
The issue of rural migrant workers’ unpaid salary involves several departments, needing coordination among the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme People’s Court, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and the All-China Federation of Trade Unions.
(Compiled by Lu Fangzhu)