Archive for the ‘Employment’ Category

Funding sought for occupational training for disabled in Dujiangyan

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

A note from Philip Greening-Jackson, who is working in Dujiangyan.

We have a scheme here whereby we are going to provide occupational training to people disabled as a result of the quake. I am going to teach free, as are most of my colleagues.
We have got some equipment promised and a bit of funding but have come up RMB80,000 short. This is because we shall have to construct wheelchair accessible accommodation for these people.  We will be given land and local friends will even organise the construction but we still need that last bit of cash.

We really have come to the end of our own resources now and have to look elsewhere! Please contact us if you can help.

Philip Greening-Jackson

If you can help, please contact as soon as possible.

20090413: Xinhua: Employment, social support in the aftermath

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Feature: Restless recovery on post-quake Sichuan 2009-04-12 13:35:26

By Gong Yidong, China Features

BEIJING, April 12 (Xinhua) — Liu Daihe, 43, lights a cigarette passed by his cousin Liu Daishu and spreads the mahjong tiles over the table. Puffing smoke into the 20-square-meter temporary house, he settles down to idle away another day with friends and relatives.

It is a typical snapshot on the 11,000-household interim community to the north of Mianzhu, one of the most damaged cities of the May 12 earthquake that left more than 80,000 Chinese dead or missing. Liu and the 40,000 inhabitants are enveloped in an atmosphere of both hope and ennui that contrasts with a clearly felt grief eight months ago.

Demands of life
Before the catastrophe, Liu was a phosphorous miner for many years at Qingping town of Mianzhu. But the mine, one of the local pillar industries, was swallowed by the quake along with Liu’s job.
As the breadwinner of the family, Liu looked for jobs elsewhere, but was turned down because of his age. “I’m not competitive on the market. More importantly, I don’t have technical skills, except from doing hard labor in the pit.”
The assistance is also dwindling. Last year, the government handed out 200 yuan per person a month for eight months and 33.5 kilograms of grain per head for three months, but all the financial and material support ended in January, says Liu. “Nowadays, around 15 percent of the people in the community live on what they had before,” his cousin says.
The price of commodities has climbed due to rising transport costs, and Liu and his wife, Chen Mingfang, have to rack their brains to make ends meet.
What worries the couple most is their 14-year-old son and 18-year-old daughter, who are studying at secondary school.
Changying, the daughter, will take the national college entrance examination this summer, meaning a lot of money will be needed if she is enrolled into university. This term alone, she paid 2,000-plus yuan for tuition fees and living expenses.
Her brother, Chenglin, pays 9 yuan a day for three meals in the school canteen as part of a boarder scheme.
Liu’s mother-in-law, who lives under the same roof, is covered by neither a pension nor the rural cooperative medical care. Liu is relieved that the past winter was mild compared with the previous year.

“Otherwise, she might have caught a severe cold,” he says.

In the end, Liu was forced to accept employment in a private mine hundreds of miles away in Yibin, southern Sichuan, where he was paid 80 yuan a day to work from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m..

The pay was satisfactory, but the toil and loneliness in a strange city were intolerable. The man of few words killed time by playing mahjong with his colleagues, and sometimes, small-time gambling.

Unlike many parts of Sichuan where the natural conditions are harsh, Mianzhu has fewer people moving to big cities like Beijing or Guangzhou for job opportunities.

“Before the quake, Mianzhu was blessed with favorable conditions, with no storms or landslides, and most of us preferred to stay in our hometown,” says Liu Daishu.

Adding to their sense of security was the multitude of industries sprawling across the city, such as the national key companies Dongfang Turbine, Lonmon Chemicals and Jiannanchun Distillery, which absorbed a large number of local workers.” We are used to the pace of ease here,” says Daishu.

Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Resources and Social Security of Mianzhu confirm that around 20,000 people are working outside Sichuan Province, accounting less than one tenth the total labor force.

Before the Spring Festival, Liu returned and worked at another small mine in the adjacent city of Shifang, which was set up by one of his fellow villagers.

20090403: Xinhua: China’s quake-hit Sichuan aims to finish most rebuilding by 2010

Monday, April 6th, 2009

China’s quake-hit Sichuan aims to finish most rebuilding by 2010 2009-04-03 10:57:58

Special Report: Reconstruction After Earthquake
CHENGDU, April 3 (Xinhua) — Southwest China’s Sichuan Province said it would accelerate post-quake rebuilding in an effort to finish most of the work by September 2010, a year ahead of schedule.
The goal is to complete 85 percent of the reconstruction projects and ensure “housing and employment for each family,” according to a provincial meeting for accelerating reconstruction held Thursday.
The completion targets cover more than 90 percent of transport projects, 98 percent of power grids and 99 percent of public service projects such as medical care.
The meeting said 85 percent of the rebuilding work in worst-hit areas, and all work except for some major projects in less-affected areas, would be completed by September 2010.
Reconstruction of rural housing will be completed at the end of this year, with that in townships and cities to be finished before May 2010.
Students who now attend classes in temporary building are to be back in permanent structures by next spring.
The magnitude-8.0 quake that hit southwest China, centered in Wenchuan, Sichuan, on May 12 last year, killed more than 69,000 people. It also left nearly 18,000 missing, more than 374,000 injured and millions homeless.
The Sichuan government estimated post-quake rebuilding will cost about 1.6 trillion yuan (235 billion U.S. dollars)

20090226: Water purification project in Shengli Village

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

2009-02-26  来源:中国新闻网

26th Feb 2009, a water supply project that funded by Lian’s, a Singapore NGO, was officially implemented. The water-purify system that cost nearly 2 million RMB can reverse-osmose 60 cubic metres of water and ultra-filtrate 180 cubic metres, which is sufficient for 10 thousand Ligu residents’ daily water usage. Water that is processed by reverse osmosis can be drunk directly without boiling.
On the same day, a water-purification factory was put into production in Shengli Village, Leigu, Beichuan County. This factory, like the residents of the village, has received great deal of support from Lian’s, and became the first village-run factory ‘back to work’ in Beichuan’s reconstruction work and the first in Shengli Village’s history.
It is expected that the factory can provide 120 thousand bottles of purified water every day, 7.2 million RMB yearly profit and 20-100 jobs to local people.


20090225: Training vouchers for migrant workers

Friday, February 27th, 2009

参与灾后重建的建筑农民工 也可领培训券了

25. 来源:成都商报-四川新闻网

In a recent meeting Chengdu Employment Bureau announced that migrant workers who had engaged in reconstructive business had become part of the population who was entitled to apply the Employment Training Voucher. According to the chief of the bureau, Wang Weihua, the ticket one can apply before the deadline 30th April values 500 Yuan and can be used any time before 31st Dec, 2009.
221 training agencies in Chengdu were assigned to cooperate with this training program. Courses provide include housekeeping, computer technology, cook, electrician and so forth. “Most people would find something fits their need.”


20090222: Preferential policy for college graduates from quake-hit regions

Friday, February 27th, 2009

2009-02-22  来源:成都日报

Central Department of Education has released a series of preferential policy for this year’s college graduates. And students from quake-hit regions will also receive additional allowance (if needed) from colleges they study in when applying jobs such as travel expenses and commumication costs.




In line with a support program revealed by Beijing City government, job applications of Shifang students who have been studying in Beijing and intend to stay and work are privileged to be processed first. Moreover, a minimum yearly supply of employment position is promised to job applicants from Shifang.


Educational training, psychological counseling, technology support and constructional assistance are also planned to be provided to related realms in the next 3 years.



20090218: Training courses for construction workers

Friday, February 27th, 2009

2009年02月18日  来源:阿坝州府

As known from Leading Group Office of Human Recourse, Aba Autonomy will offer training courses to 3500 migrant workers who have been or plan to engage in business of construction work such as masonries, scaffolders, and carpenters, which are urgently needed.

This move could enable the completion of all damaged houses’ reconstruction by Oct. So far, relevant counties have proposed training schemes respectively and the first batch of expenditure has also been distributed.


[SQR approx. translation into English]

20090207: Xinhuanet: Villagers begin relocation for new county seat of quake-levelled county

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Villagers begin relocation for new county seat of quake-levelled county

CHENGDU, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) — Land acquisition has started for the construction of the new seat for Beichuan County, the worst-hit area in last year’s 8.0-magnitude earthquake in Sichuan Province, according to local authorities.
More than 10,000 people, mostly farmers, are the first to be relocated as an industrial park began construction Thursday in their hometown. These people will become residents of the new county seat, said Chen Xingchun, Party chief of Beichuan.
The Beichuan-Shandong Industrial Park, which covers two square kilometers, belongs to the first phase of construction.
The land acquisition and relocation for the new county seat are expected to complete within two months.
The relocated will temporarily live with relatives or friends before the new county seat is finished. Each person will be paid 40 yuan (6 U.S. dollars) per month during the transition, he said.
“The local government also provides training so that they can work in factories in the new seat. We must ensure that people can live a stable and rich life in the future,” Chen said.
“The construction of the new county seat will change our living environment and living styles. It is good for us, so we support it,” said Li Gang, a villager of Huangtu Township, part of which will be included into the county seat.
All of the relocated will be given the choice of a free, 35 square-meter home or 36,000 yuan to build their own houses, Chen said.
The former seat of Beichuan, on the juncture of two fault lines, was leveled in the devastating May 12 quake. The quake left more than 69,000 people dead and 374,000 injured. Another 18,000 are missing and millions were left homeless.
The new seat is located to the east of Anchang Township, about 35 km from where it once stood. Officials and planning experts said the new site has good geologic conditions and sufficient usable land. It is far from fault lines.
The new town is expected to have 50,000 residents in three years and expand to more than 9 sq km by 2020 with 85,000 residents.
The first phase of the three-stage construction will cost 19.32 billion yuan. It includes public welfare facilities, government headquarters and housing.
Beichuan, a mountainous area, is the ancestral home of an ethnic group known as the Qiang, who number 300,000. They have their own language, food and performing arts, all of which face extinction as their homes were in the worst-hit parts of the quake zone.

20090205: Xinhuanet: Intel moving assembly operations from Shanghai to Sichuan

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Intel moving assembly operations from Shanghai to Sichuan

The economic downturn has had an enormous impact on the semiconductor sector, forcing companies to take measures to cut costs, said Liu Liang, an analyst at Industrial Securities Co. Ltd.     Moving operations from Shanghai, a high-cost city, to a cheaper place like Sichuan might be an effective way to cope with the financial crisis, he said.
In addition, such a move could stimulate the economy in Sichuan, which was still trying to recover from last year’s catastrophic 8.0-magnitude earthquake, Liu said.
The quake uprooted millions of people, leaving many without homes or jobs.
U.S.-based Intel announced the move in a notice posted on its website. The notice said the company would move a Shanghai-based assembly and test factory to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan, within 12 months.
The move will mean increased activity in Chengdu and a corresponding workforce reduction in Shanghai, which will affect about 2,000 employees, it said.
The company said it would offer positions to the employees either in the Chengdu factory, a plant in Dalian that is under construction, or other Intel China locations that need experienced staff.
Intel also intends to increase investment in the Dalian factory, to equip it with the latest available advanced microprocessor technology.
The notice said Shanghai would remain its core research and development base in China, as well as its regional headquarters. Other Intel factories and projects would proceed as planned.
The company also said it would increase its registered capital by 110 million U.S. dollars in Intel China Ltd., the company’s investment holding firm in Shanghai.
“The plans are expected to enhance the capacity of the Chengdu plant, optimize manufacturing resources and consolidate Intel’s operations in China,” said Nancy Zhang, director of the public relations group.
“Intel has been very prudent in making decisions. The proposed policy changes demonstrate Intel’s deep-rooted confidence in the Chinese market,” she said.
She said she could not give further details about the planned changes.
Shanghai municipal commission of commerce said Intel has submitted an application to the Ministry of Commerce for recognizing Intel China Ltd. as a national-level headquarters. The company had been ratified by the Shanghai authority as Intel China’s regional headquarters before.
However, Nancy Zhang said she had no information about this.
According to Shanghai’s preferential policy taking effect last December, a foreign company could get a 5-million-yuan (over 731,000 U.S. dollars) subsidy for opening regional headquarters in the city and more than 2.6 million yuan for renting offices in three years. The opening subsidy could rise to 10 million yuan if the headquarters get recognition from the Ministry of Commerce.

20090222: Sohu news: Job help for Sichuan migrant workers

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

今年北京安排上千四川人就业 保证住宿办保险
2009年02月02日  来源:法制晚报

According to the Beijing City Labour and Social Security Bureau, Beijing City Government is planning to arrange thousands of jobs for Sichuan migrant workers this year.

The Beijing government will collect information of employment suitable for people in the quake-hit area and post relevant advertisement via media to spread such info from various organisations that are recruiting. Meanwhile, an Employment Assistant Office will also be set up in Shifang to improve the communication and coordination between the two cities.
According to the official plan, the Beijing government will organize a recruitment trip to the quake-hit region for work units in Feb, May or Jun, and Sep or Oct. This decision is based on the 3 expected “job-hunting peaks” that are caused by migrant workers, recently graduated students and the period following the busy farming season.

Companies that intend to assistant on such project can register themselves in the District Labor and Social Security Department. In line with relevant official requirement, companies must provide accommodation to employees and monthly wage must be no less than 1000. Also, basic social security should be provided.

The Government will offer certain subsidies (on social insurance and personnel training) to companies that employ people from quake-hit areas. Part of job applicants’ cost on health exam and transport fees will also be covered by some subsidies that are allocated from the Special Employment Fund.
A Management System and follow-up services will keep monitoring further situation of job applicants in terms of their contract-signing, salary and other aspects.





20090106: NGO news: Alpha Communities to Provide Vocational Training for More than 100 Unemployed Sichuanese

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Alpha Communities, who focus on long-term development through education, restoration of degraded environment, renewable energy and micro loans, have sponsored children’s education in Sichuan for over a decade. Since the earthquake, aside from immediate relief projects, they have focused in Sichuan on providing free vocational training to more than 60 laid-off workers in the area around Jiangyou. There is a wide range of training on offer, with most opting for courses in the construction and textile industries. “So far 60 people have finished their vocational training, and all of them have found a job,” Chris Turner, the organisation’s Executive Officer, told SQR.

They have now raised enough funding to put another 100 people through this vocational training after the Spring Festival, he said. On average, a three-month training programme costs 3,000rmb, and the participants are offered the option of a 3,000rmb micro-loan after they graduate.

For more information, contact Chris on or see their website.

Beijing municipality to invest 7 billion yuan in Sichuan

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

Beijing is expected to invest at least 7 billion yuan (1.02 billion U.S. dollars) in the quake-hit Sichuan Province in the coming two years, according to Mayor Guo Jinlong on October 8, Xinhua reported.

Beijing municipality has been tasked with Shifang. The money will be used on construction, intellectual support and industry cooperation. The focus this year is 39 programs, including construction of residential buildings, schools and hospitals, Guo said. In total, 86 energy-saving houses provided by Beijing had been delivered to Shifang Municipal Welfare Centre. In addition, the city had provided 11,696 jobs to Shifang City residents and received 1,579 students from one of the worst-hit areas in the May 12 quake. The conference proposed 685 post-quake programs with a total investment of 601.7 billion yuan. These included industries of hi-tech, resources, equipment manufacturing, agriculture, service trade, culture, tourism and infrastructure. Beijing and Sichuan companies signed 54 agreements here on Wednesday involving a total investment of 66.6 billion yuan.