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By Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn

The definitive publication on China's uneasy transformation into an fiscal and political superpower via Pulitzer Prize-winning ny occasions newshounds. An insightful and thought-provoking research of lifestyle in China, China Wakes is an exemplary paintings of reportage. sixteen pages of pictures.

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87 In the second half of the 1980s this percentage may have risen, attaining in 1988 almost 40 per cent of the total employment and more than 60 per cent of all new employment in the state sector in some rural areas. 88 But since the majority of the workers so recruited are employed 'outside the plan' they are not always registered as state workers in national statistics. 89 The present 'Temporary Regulations' stem from experiments with the new-style contract labour that have started in Shanghai and in the Special Economic Zones (in Shenzhen all workers and even university employees are employed on contracts of limited duration) in 1980 and nationwide in 1983.

In a reply (dated 21 April 1956) to the Textile Ministry the Labour Ministry answered that in the case of temporary and rotation workers (rotation workers are peasants taking turns at factory employment) dying or becoming totally disabled in a work-related accident, and in the case Occupational Inheritance 21 of female employees unable to function properly but still not entitled to normal retirement, work replacement can be allowed if their children: (a) can fulfil the factory employment conditions; (b) are in possession of the city residence permit.

Workers who have been ftred. The unemployment insurance fund is based on the total sum of standard wages of the enterprise. The enterprise contributes the equivalent of I per cent of that total sum. Since the concepts 'wage standard' and 'standard wages' in the context of the Chinese wage system exclude other than offtcial 'staff and workers' it is clear that the unemployment system now being established excludes 'workers contracted from the countryside' and other types of temporary workers. The unemployment beneftts are as follows: For those who have been employed for longer than ftve years: - 60 per cent to 75 per cent of their standard wage (meaning their average standard wage in the last two years of employment) for twelve months, then 50 per cent of their standard wage from the 13th to the 24th month of unemployment.

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