PRIVATE SECTOR URGED TO HELP GOVERNMENT FIND WORK FOR REDUNDANT STATE EMPLOYEES

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 July, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 July, 1998, 12:00am

Top officials called on the private sector yesterday to help the Government find work for laid-off state employees.


Jing Shuping, chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, said helping laid-off workers was not only 'the unshirkable responsibility' of the private sector, but also the key to its survival. If state-owned enterprises failed, the private sector was sure to feel the repercussions, he said.


Mr Jing's comments came at a joint conference in Beijing organised by the United Front Work Department and the All-China Federation.


United Front Work Department head Wang Zhaoguo said the private sector provided 85 million new jobs last year, proof of its potential to absorb redundant state labour.


Meanwhile, new instructions have been issued by the Government to persuade laid-off workers to take up private enterprise.


Those who filed requests to start up private businesses would be exempt from paying associated handling fees, Xinhua reported.


Simmering labour unrest poses a constant threat to the Government. By the end of last year, nearly 12 million state workers had been laid off.