China Watch Blog has learnt that authorities in South China’s Guangdong province will introduce further measures to meet the demands of migrant workers, following rising unrest in at least two incidents triggered by poor social management.
“One of the key measures will be to introduce more social workers and organizations to participate in the management of social affairs,” Zhu Mingguo, deputy Party chief of Guangdong, was quoted as saying in a China Daily report.
Specifically, every 10,000 people in the booming industrial province will have at least five social organizations to provide public services to them, and social workers will account for about 10 percent of the province’s total population, Zhu said.
Recently, more than 200 migrant workers were involved in a public order incident that was triggered when a pregnant migrant woman and her husband were injured in a dispute with a public security worker in Zengcheng, a suburb of Guangzhou, on June 10. “We had to send more than 2,000 police officers to control the escalating violence,” Zhu said. Five people were given terms in prison for their roles in the incident.
Before this, about 1,000 migrant workers involved in a wage dispute that has already led to the serious injury of a migrant worker gathered in front of a government building in Guxiang township of Chaozhou on June 6, resulting in escalating violence between migrant workers and local people.
Zhu said that aside from encouraging the establishment of more social organizations, more migrant workers will benefit from the government-indexed rating system that aims to set up an easier application procedure for urban residence certificates.If you think China Watch Blog's information is useful, click on cup of coffee on left hand side and make a small contribution via PayPal