Discrimination: Death Compensation Different for City, Countryside

Discrimination- Death Compensation Different for City, Countryside

25-year-old Wang Chaojie died at the beginning of May as he heroically attempted to save a coworker who fell into a river while working on a dyke. After being unable to get answers about his son’s tragic death from the employer, his father was forced to file an official complaint with Bureau for Letters and Calls, and only then was he able to contact the company’s lawyer. The lawyer said that because the man’s son was from the countryside his family would only be able to get around 190,000RMB in compensation, less than half of the more than 400,000RMB the family of his coworker from the city would most likely be awarded.

Source: Netease

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  • Dolph Grunt

    Is there a good school nearby? Is it a safe neighbourhood? Is there a decent park in the area? Is there accessible parking? Is there a decent supermarket? How much do I get compensated for the death of a family member?

    All important questions to ask yourself when relocating in China.

    • 42

      The same questions you would ask relocating to any country for that matter. Some states in America won’t even insure you or give you full compensation if you have a proven chronical disease.

      • mr.wiener

        All prof that any employer will try to screw you over given the opportunity and the lack, or collusion of laws protecting the rights of workers.

        • 42

          At least this chinese family still gets around 190.000RMB, that is about 30.000 dollars. Maybe rural standard of living is less than city life, hence the difference in compensation, who knows.

          • mr.wiener

            None the less if there is a difference between what coutry people and city people are paid and employers exploit this, then this is wrong and it will be China’s downfall some day.

          • Vance

            I would think that if different values are placed on rural and city individuals, something I certainly do not support, (“All men are created equal”), then it would make more sense to compensate for the rural individuals more because, for the farming household, the loss of a son/daughter farmhand hurts the farming household more that the loss of a son/daughter that went to Taipei to work in Mr. Wiener’s sausage factory, for example.

          • David

            You are so not looking at this like a Chinese. It is all about how much earning potential they have. Being from the country the earning potential is much less (because people from the country are all assumed to be uneducated half-wits) so they will get pad less. Being from the city he would have more of a chance to get a better paying job someday so the loss of potential income to the family is much more.

      • Jahar

        Why would any place give you money if your kid dies? If it’s not the state’s fault, anyway.

        • 42

          Maybe due to life insurance? Or a companies compensation policy. Whether in this case it is a private or state company it is not sure and probably not relevant.

      • Dolph Grunt

        Good thing I’m not from America then. You’re saying you want to be the same as America, I take it.

        • David

          42 has no clue what he is talking about. Every state has an insurance pool for high risk individuals with current conditions (this has been the law for more than 30 years). In addition, any group policy you get (like when you or your spouse join a company) covers all pre-existing conditions.

  • Amused

    Whoever wrote this article was obviously a fairweather Commie.
    Haven’t they read the part of the Marxist-Leninist bible that says,”Yea and there shall be two government segregated classes of people, and this is good”???
    I’m pretty sure that’s in there somewhere.

    • donscarletti

      The hammer represents workers (非农业户口), the glorious industrial proletariat that Marx wrote about in his book. The sickle represents peasants(农业户口), the class of people who did most of the grunt work in both the Russian Revolution and the Chinese one. I think it’s all pretty explicit.

      • Amused

        I was refering to the “haves” and their brethren the “havenots”. I’m sure ol’ Commie Santa wrote about how cool it is to have those two classes.
        Otherwise why would they exist in such stark contrast to each other in a Communism?

        • donscarletti

          So you are pointing out that large income disparities exists in modern China?

          Such a novel insight, you should write a book!

          • Amused

            And you finally got the sarcasm!
            We can both write our best sellers now :)

          • donscarletti

            Yes, but when I attempted to justify it through reference to the hammer and sickle it was actually sort of clever. The rest is sort of like the slapstick routine that passes for irony in the states.

          • Amused

            Not really, the hammer and sickle reference isn’t clever or sarcasm its just fact.

            Russian communism held the worker in much higher regard than the peasant and felt that the revolution should always be started and led by the educated worker. This was a major source of tension between Mao and Stalin. Communism was always flawed and broken like every other Utopian idea. I was merely pointing out its failure of Marxism.

            I’d return your cheap shot about America but I like Italian food, so I’ll give you a pass ;P

  • Super Bunny!

    now i do not know i am from village or city already.
    gov forced us to give up village id.

    • Vance

      What ID did they give you then?

      • Super Bunny!

        you can not see from id, need to see from the family id book.
        we live very close to county center, guess they wanna take land away one day.

  • Amused

    Well, now that’s a long story.

    You see, Chinasmack had an absent alcoholic father and a mother who sold herself for crack. This left Chinasmack to grow up in a cold and unfeeling world not knowing right from wrong.

    Eventually Chinasmack fell in with the wrong sort of people and started robbing 7-11s at gunpoint. This unfortunately coincided with Chinasmack becoming ever more heavily addicted to…. well… smack.

    This led to Chinasmack being sentenced to the big house on an 8 year bid.

    When Chinasmack got to jail it unfortunately was too pretty and had a shaky grip on its bar of soap, and we know where that led. Chinasmack felt rather sore(in various places) about this and decided to get revenge by shivving everyone who came near it with a sharpened toothbrush, including prison guards. Its sentence was subsequently increased to 20 to life.

    Around this time Chinasmack decided it had to escape from prison. So it pulled an Andy Dufraine and squeezed out thru the prison shitter drains.

    After it escaped it was recruited by a roving horde of Mongol Nazi Space Aliens from Hell who had decided to take over the internet.
    And that’s why it became terrible.

    On the other hand if you want to know why Chinasmack kind of sucks now, you should ask the mods. My guess would be lack of funding :)

    • mr.wiener

      The only constant is change.

    • Vance

      You obviously had a lot of unused time on your hand. Great read though. I enjoyed it.

      • Amused

        Far too much time. Thx tho )