Spending the Spring Festival in Changde, Feeling Warm in the Neighbourhood
Changde welcomes the Chinese New Year, sends warmth and keeps jobs stable
The seven departments deployed the special action “Welcome the New Year and Send Warmth and Stabilize Jobs” to encourage and guide migrant workers to feel at ease during their stay in their places of employment for celebrating the Chinese New Year, and to provide employment guarantees for key enterprises and other employers who need employees and jobs during the Spring Festival. The seven departments also organized rural laborers to go out to work in an orderly manner after the Spring Festival to ensure the health and safety of them, the orderly production of enterprises, and the overall stable employment situation.
(1) Carry out the “Six Sends” to keep employees on the spot for Spring Festival
The special action was jointly launched by seven departments including the Bureau of Resources and Social Security, Bureau of Industry and Information Technology, and Civil Affairs Bureau of Changde City, which will continue until March 31.
The main content of this event includes: sending red envelopes to retaining people, encouraging employees in the city to stay in the company for the New Year; sending warmth and peace, encouraging employees who go out to spend the holidays on the spot; sending subsidies to stabilize jobs, supporting the stable production of enterprises; sending jobs to households, proving continuous line of employment services; sending training to individuals, improving skills and stabilizing employment; sending policies to households, promoting local and nearby employment.
Changde encourages all kinds of enterprises in the city to scientifically and rationally arrange production activities according to the needs of epidemic prevention and control and the production and operation, adopts measures such as issuing red envelopes for staying on the job, New Year gift packages, and arranging cultural and entertainment activities, and implements overtime wages, staggered holidays, flexible adjustments and other treatment guarantee measures. It also sends holiday condolences to Changde’s migrant workers and other migrant workers who work in other places. It strengthens the care of migrant workers’ families, left-behind women, left-behind children, and empty-nest elders, and reduces the worries of migrant workers. It strengthens the implementation of the labor dispatch guarantee mechanism for key enterprises, and gives priority to supporting the continuous production of key enterprises, major projects, and supply guarantee. It supports the enterprises with high demand for labor in phases to strengthen the docking with enterprises with unsaturated production and more surplus employees, and carries out adjustments to the surplus and shortage of labor. Combining with the city’s “Employment Assistance Month” and other activities, employment services for key enterprises have been strengthened.
Enterprise employee skill improvement training is also vigorously promoted. Before and after the Spring Festival, under the premise of preventing and controlling the epidemic, companies that use work breaks to carry out skills improvement training for on-the-job employees will be given vocational skills training subsidies according to standards. Changde also intensifies the promotion of employment and entrepreneurship policies, relying on entrepreneurial carriers such as migrant workers returning to their hometowns, entrepreneurship parks and entrepreneurial incubation bases, to effectively strengthen entrepreneurship guidance, entrepreneurship training and tracking services for migrant workers who are willing to start a business, to help qualified personnel to apply for support policies such as entrepreneurship training subsidies, entrepreneurial secured loans, and one-off entrepreneurship subsidies.
(2) Special action in Changde High-tech Zone: eligible migrant employees staying in companies for the Chinese New Year will receive “double red envelopes”
The industrial park in Changde High-tech Zone is making every effort to promote the special action of “Welcoming the New Year, Sending Warmth, Stabilizing Jobs”, encouraging non-local employees to stay in the company for the New Year, and at the same time it carries out measures such as subsidies to stabilize jobs, favor enterprises to attract talents, and provide training to people.
First, the park will give red envelopes to keep people and encourage non-local employees to stay in the company for the New Year. It will actively coordinate and strengthen the supply of services such as catering, supermarkets, medical and health, public security and fire protection. In addition, it encourages companies to issue a festive red envelope of 1,000 yuan/person to non-Hunan registered employees who are staying at Changde for the Chinese New Year, and the park will also give relevant companies a subsidy of no more than 300 yuan/person based on the actual situation. For Hunan employees who stay in the company for the New Year, companies are encouraged to provide subsidies for their staying on their jobs.
Secondly, the park will send subsidies to stabilize jobs and support enterprises to stabilize production. Labor dispatch guarantee mechanism for key enterprises is also implemented. It encourages enterprises to flexibly arrange on-the-job training and skill improvement training for employees according to their needs, support key industries to carry out training on behalf of workers, and provide subsidies in accordance with regulations.
Thirdly, the park will favor enterprises to attract talents and keep continuous employment services. It does a good job in the recruitment information promotion activities of key employment enterprises, and holds the Spring Breeze Action New Year online recruitment activities. In accordance with the requirements of epidemic prevention and control, targeted small-scale recruitment activities for migrant workers are organized to strengthen cooperation with universities and vocational colleges, and to do a good job of school-enterprise docking based on the characteristics of colleges and universities.
Fourthly, the park will send training to people, improve skills and stabilize employment. Under the premise of preventing and controlling the epidemic, companies that use work breaks to carry out skills improvement training for on-the-job employees will be given vocational skills training subsidies in accordance with standards.
Community workers choose to “stay behind” for epidemic prevention
(1) Furong Street in Wuling District
At 7:40 on February 14th, Zhou Yuqiong, a staff member of Xinhe Community, Furong Street, Wuling District, came to the community. She walked through the streets to check whether there were fireworks, holding celebrations like wedding ceremonies or funerals, smoked bacon, etc. in the area. After a round tour, Zhou Yuqiong visited the Yihe Telecom District which she was in charge of immediately, and checked the registration status of personnel returning home at the guard. “Has anyone returned to their hometown for the New Year this year? Are they in a medium or high-risk area? On the way back, will they pass through a medium or high-risk area?” Zhou Yuqiong asked the community property staff carefully about the situation. Later, she posted epidemic prevention and control posters in the communities under her jurisdiction and in areas where the population tended to be concentrated, and distributed leaflets to preach knowledge of epidemic prevention and control to residents, guarding the first line of defense for residents in the jurisdiction.
This year’s Spring Festival, out of consideration of epidemic prevention and control, many places across the country have issued initiatives to celebrate the New Year on the spot, and not to return home if necessary. The community is a key link in epidemic prevention and control. In Changde, there is such a group of community workers. They are “outsiders”, but they have chosen to celebrate the New Year “on the spot” and stick to saying at the community. Zhou Yuqiong is one of them. Zhou Yuqiong is a native of Guiyang City, Guizhou Province. She graduated from Hunan University of Arts and Science and worked in a communications industry in Changde. In 2018, she became a member of the Xinhe Community, mainly responsible for community labor unions, women’s federations, and finance.
Zhou Yuqiong is the only daughter in her family, and has been the most precious child of her parents ever since she was born. After the daughter got married in Changde, they can only get together during the Spring Festival or the National Day festival every year. The parents’ expectation of meeting their daughter can be imagined. Every Spring Festival, Zhou Yuqiong and her husband will take their daughters, either by taking a plane on New Year’s Eve, or driving back to Guiyang to reunite with their parents and spend the Spring Festival with her parents, who also prepared New Year’s Eve dinner early, waiting for them to return safely.
However, as the situation of epidemic prevention and control changed, Zhou Yuqiong realized that the burden on the community had become heavier. In addition, many places across the country advocated “celebrating the Chinese New Year on the spot”. As a community worker, Zhou Yuqiong decided to “stay behind” in the community, setting an example to the residents. Parents far away in Guiyang City also saw through Zhou Yuqiong’s thoughts. Before she spoke out, her mother spoke first, “We have seen it in the news. This year is a special situation, so don’t come back. Although we miss you and our granddaughters, we understand your responsibility is for the safety of more people to stay behind, so don’t worry about us.” With the understanding of her parents, Zhou Yuqiong’s heart to “stay behind” became more determined. Although the daughter couldn’t come back, her mother made Zhou Yuqiong her favorite pork knuckles and spicy chicken, and bought new clothes for her two little granddaughters, all of which were sent to Changde before the Spring Festival.
On New Year’s Eve, the family reunited on the Internet through video chat and shared photos of the New Year’s Eve dinner. Although they are separated by two places, the “Flavour of the New Year” has not diminished. “After the epidemic prevention and control situation has eased, I will bring my family back to my hometown to accompany my parents.” Zhou Yuqiong finished speaking, and began to get busy in the community again.
(2) Chuanzihe Street in Wuling District
Li Li, head of the Chuanzihe Street Cultural Station in Wuling District, Changde City, has not returned to his hometown for almost two years. Last Spring Festival, he planned to take his wife and children back to Guilin, Guangxi to visit his parents. Because of the COVID-19 epidemic, he did not return. He had planned to go home this year. But because of the current epidemic prevention and control situation, he decided to stay in Changde for the New Year and continue to stick to his front-line position. Like him, eight community workers from other provinces chose to stick to their post.
“Since I joined the army at the age of 19, my parents have almost celebrated the Spring Festival by themselves.” 39-year-old Li Li joined the army in 2000 and became a member of the Hong Kong garrison. In December 2012, he was transferred to Changde and became a street worker. During the Spring Festival last year, all street communities in Changde canceled vacations and all employees went back to work. On the second day of the Lunar New Year, Li Li went to the street to pick up a mask, and then went down to Xinguang Community to finish his duty. He had originally planned to go home on the first day of the New Year. After changing the plan, he called his parents, who expressed support, but reminded him to pay attention to protection. This year, various places advocated celebrating the New Year on the spot, and Li Li again said: “I’ll unconditionally obey the organization’s arrangements and stay on duty.” Li Li feels sorry for his parents. Every time he takes his wife and two children home, his parents are very happy, and they prepare a large table of dishes waiting for him. “After the epidemic is over, we must go home to accompany them.”
48-year-old Zhao Dongmei is from Yanping, Fujian, and has worked in Binhu Community for 19 years. She would go home every time when there were weddings, important events and Spring Festival at home. She stayed on duty in Changde last year because of the epidemic. Zhao Dongmei’s eldest brother died of illness last summer. She wanted to return home to worship this Spring Festival, but because of the epidemic, she decided to celebrate the New Year on the spot. Speaking of this, she sobbed. Because her parents passed away early, her eldest brother was like her father to her. It was the biggest regret in her heart that she could not go home to see him for the last time.
36-year-old Jiang Yonghong is from Zhumadian, Henan. She got married in Doumuhu Town, Dingcheng District in 2014 and became a staff member of Binhu Community in July 2015. Because he has to take care of his small family, Jiang Yonghong rarely returns to his hometown. Non-local workers in the community have a 20-day family leave every four years. She wanted to use this holiday to go home with her parents during the Spring Festival last year. She was looking forward to it, seeing that she could go home to reunite with her parents, but because of the epidemic, she could only buy things to send to her parents, nephews and nieces. This year, her parents were worried about her inter-provincial migration and told her to celebrate the New Year on the spot. “I still miss home, and I am worried about leaving them two at home.”
At present, the epidemic prevention and control work in the streets is proceeding intensively. Every day, street community staff will carry out normalization of epidemic prevention and control work such as returning home personnel and cold chain food monitoring, as well as online and offline publicity work for epidemic prevention and control. Because of their perseverance, people can rest assured for the Chinese New Year.