Not paying salaries? Then don’t think about leaving. On January 25, construction migrant workers in Zhengzhou surrounded the project leader’s BMW, not letting him to leave. However the project leader called for another car and forcibly left the scene. For this matter, the director of debt settlement office of the City Construction Commission Zhang Shunhai said, the City Construction Commission starting from today suspended this construction company and labor company’s rights to undertake any project in Zhengzhou, until the matter is investigated then precede further actions.
On January 25, at 2:20 PM, the reporter learned that a group of migrant workers due to long term delays of their unpaid salaries and after once again being denied, surrounded the labor contractor’s BMW on the street in front of the City Construction Commission east gate.
The reporter went on the scene and saw the BMW X5 with the license plate No. 浙A8771B parked there, the car window was half open. 8 migrant workers all over their 50s were sitting around and surrounding the car. According to the migrant workers, the project leader already called for another car and “forcibly left”.
“Project Department has been delaying to pay our salaries”
A woman wearing a green jacket approached the reporter, “My name is Ling Duanping, on June 15, 2009, my husband Song and I organized more than 50 workers and undertook the roofing steel frame project offered by Haitian Group Limited Company Henan Branch.” Ling Duanping said, at the time they had an agreement with the project manager Fang Rushen on the construction cost of 1.6 million yuan, after paying 200,000 yuan as deposit, they started working.
Ling told the reporter, October of last year when the roofing steel frame project was completed, Fang Rushen owed them 700,000 yuan, including the steel material cost of 300,000 yuan, 200,000 yuan deposit which was not returned, and the 204,000 yuan of extra material cost which was agreed upon during the construction. Fang Rushen refused to pay for all of them.
“When the construction was about to finish, the morning of October 20, Fang Rushen drove the construction team out of the site. It has been two month since we have been driven out… the workers who worked at the construction site for over two month but did not even get one cent.” The reporter saw such records when Ling provided the “Labor of construction notes”.
No money, could only live in temporary sheds in construction site.
“Whenever we meet our boss, he is always driving a BMW, and now it is the end of the year, we still have not received our wages. We are not letting him go today!” A migrant worker named Wang from Zhouko said. “We cannot even get one cent, how do we go home? We can only wait here in Zhengzhou, where ever there are any odd jobs I would do them, no jobs means no food to eat, nowhere to live.” Wang, who is already 60 years old said helplessly.
Wang had been a migrant worker for over 6 month now, there were 7 of them came at the same time as him. Over six months have passed, they still have not received their full salaries, now they have nowhere to stay, just carrying a quilt and staying in the temporary sheds in the construction site.
Wan who is in the same situation as Wang came from Yian City, Jiangsu province. Before, Wang and his wife both were living in the shed in the construction site, because he was still not paid for long time, on January 5, Wan took his wife back home to Yuan City, then came back with his fellow villager to Zhengzhou and continued to wait.
“We can’t go home if we don’t get the money!” Now Wan and them in order to save money and lower the cost of living, rented a small hotel in Nanyang Village, eating instant noodles every day.
Company’s rights to undertake any project in Zhengzhou was suspended
At 3 pm on January 25, the City Construction Commission debt settlement office director Zhang Shunhai told the reporter that they have already communicated with three parties in the morning, however because each side was not willing to compromise, no resolutions have been made. Zhang said, from today on City Construction Committee suspended the construction company and the labor company’s rights to undertake any project until the matter is investigated and then precede further actions. Construction contract company and lobar company will conduct negotiations, or through legal channels to resolve the dispute, then according to the settlement results to pay the payment for the construction project and to pay the salaries for the migrant workers.
At 4 pm, after mediating, migrant workers stopped surrounding the BMW.
At 6 pm, reporter was able to contact Fang Rushen on the phone. He told the reporter, Song’s steel frame project was done but it was a complete “mess”, he is now in Hangzhou, will come back to Zhengzhou the same day, and he invited the reporter to go to the site to take a look at the quality of the steel frames. “I am ready to sue them and don’t want to say anything anymore.” Fang Rushen said.