There are a lot of unpaid employees… Chinese bus company forced to “get a loan and take care of it”

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湲 蹂肄

[아시아경제 황수미 기자] It is controversial that a Chinese bus company that did not pay its employees for four months tried to solve the financial problem by forcing a loan in the name of the employee.

According to China’s state-run observer network, a notice from a bus company in Lanzhou, Gansu province, to its employees, was recently published on social media.

It contains the contents of having to receive a large amount of loan service in the name of the company’s employees. In this way, the loan is managed through the Lanzhou Agricultural and Commercial Bank, which is under local jurisdiction. The company added that it would bear a joint liability guarantee with its employees for the full amount of the loan and also pay monthly settlement interest.

This is interpreted as a measure prepared to solve the problem of wages for employees who have not been paid for the past four months. Earlier, the company, which employs about 8,800 employees, is known as one of the top bus operators in Lanzhou. However, since August of last year, it has suffered serious financial difficulties due to the spread of Corona 19 and the aftermath of the high-intensity quarantine policy, Zero Corona. According to the media, the company’s debt stood at 3.9 billion yuan (about 780 billion won) as of September, or about 72%.

Employees who strongly objected to this notice began to publicize it through social media. The allegation is that the company forced the company to take out a large amount of loan in the name of the employee in order to pay the overdue salary. One employee criticized, “If the company fails to repay the large amount of loan, who will be responsible?”

As the controversy grew, the company acknowledged the contents of the official document, but explained, “We only introduced the loan service to some of our 8,800 employees, and we did not force loans to all employees,” the media reported.

On the other hand, a company in Sanya, Hainan Province has previously sparked controversy when it announced that it would implement a system to remit half of the monthly salary to the parent’s account ahead of the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday. According to the Chinese network on the 8th, the company sent an official letter to its employees and notified them that ‘50% of September’s monthly salary will be transferred to the parent’s account’. here It also contains information that a traditional tea set worth 1,600 yuan (about 318,000 won) will be purchased with the employee’s salary and sent to each residence.

Regarding this, some pointed out that ‘it is not appropriate to provide incentives by forcibly borrowing them from workers’ wages’. One netizen also criticized it as “the money is stolen from the employees, and the company pays the salary.”


Reporter Hwang Su-mi [email protected]


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