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China's Xinjiang protects labor rights: white paper

17 Sep 2020, 13:30 GMT+10

A visitor takes photos of a performance which is live broadcast online at a homestay in the ancient city of Kashgar, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Sept. 11, 2020. (Xinhua/Ma Kai)

BEIJING, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- China's Xinjiang has formulated and implemented a series of autonomous regional regulations based on local conditions, providing a solid legal guarantee for citizens to enjoy equal rights to work, says a white paper issued Thursday by the State Council Information Office.

Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region fully applies the country's policy requirements on establishing a dynamic salary growth mechanism for enterprise employees, and improves the salary guidance systems for enterprises and for the labor market respectively, according to the white paper titled "Employment and Labor Rights in Xinjiang."

The region strictly applies relevant state regulations and adopts the system of the eight-hour workday and 40-hour workweek, the white paper says.

Workers are guaranteed the right to time off on weekends and statutory holidays including the Spring Festival, Roza Festival (Eid al-Fitr) and Corban Festival (Eid al-Adha), the white paper says.

Xinjiang has fully implemented the national plan to ensure that everyone has access to social security and all those in need are covered, the white paper says.

The local government in Xinjiang fully respects and guarantees the right of workers of all ethnic groups to freedom of religious belief, and ensures that no organization or individual interferes with this freedom, it says.

While promoting standard spoken and written Chinese in accordance with the law, Xinjiang fully respects and protects the rights of ethnic minority workers to use their own spoken and written languages, and ensures that workers can choose which languages to use for communication, the white paper says.

The customs of workers of all ethnic groups are fully respected and guaranteed and efforts are made to create a good working and living environment for them, it says. ■

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