Infringements on the Labor Rights of Women Workers: Causes and Countermeasures

Ling, He
December 1997
Chinese Sociology & Anthropology;Winter1997/1998, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p64
Academic Journal
The article focuses on causes and countermeasures related to infringements on the labor rights of women workers. Transformation of the economic system has, without a doubt, provided the conditions and means for women to give full play to their personal worth and win greater independence and autonomy in employment. Some enterprises and government departments ignore the law and give different remuneration based on gender or assign women to handle poisonous and harmful materials. Some enterprises either stop or reduce pay to women on maternity leave, and some enterprises and departments do not reimburse medical expenses incurred during pregnancy and childbirth, leaving it all to be borne by the individual. There are also numerous instances of arbitrary reduction of the wages of pregnant women, and even using pregnancy as a reason for terminating labor contracts. Some enterprises do not reduce work quotas during the period when women are breastfeeding, requiring them to continue to work night shifts and carry out prohibited labor.


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