SPC President Urges All Courts to Help Address Worker Wage Arrears

March 14, 2005

Supreme People's Court President Xiao Yang has urged the courts at national, provincial, and local levels to increase their efforts to ensure that migrant workers obtain their back wages, reports the China Court Net. Xiao declared that the courts should concentrate on the expeditious settlement of wage arrears cases by investigating cases quickly and holding trials, deciding cases, and enforcing court orders promptly. Xiao suggested that provincial and lower level courts inform citizens of their rights and travel widely in their regions to hold trials. A number of government bodies have issued directives about wage arrears in the past year, but problems with unpaid wages remain widespread and unresolved. For more information about the problems associated with unpaid wages, see the labor rights section of the CECC 2004 Annual Report .