Lawyers on the move to serve workers in new forms of employment

(en.moj.gov.cn)| Updated: 2024-02-09

Last year, a nationwide campaign to provide pro bono legal services to migrant workers has been widely carried out in China. 

Judicial administrative authorities, trade unions and lawyers' associations have mobilized 9,453 lawyers to form 3,237 teams with trade union members, who are dedicated to offering pro bono, professional and comprehensive legal services for workers in new forms of employment.

Since its launch, the campaign has achieved notable outcomes both online and offline.

Judicial administrative authorities have conducted more than 5,600 on-site legal popularization and publicity activities, and provided 120,000 legal consultations where 1.5 million workers in new forms of employment were aided.

"Legal examination" activities focusing on labor and employment have been carried out in 90,000 enterprises, where 18,000 legal consultations and 11,000 legal risk assessments were provided. Assistance has been provided to enterprises to help them establish and improve over 7,000 mechanisms designed to prevent and resolve labor related disputes.

A total of 11,000 labor dispute cases have been resolved for workers in new forms of employment, and over 4,200 legal aid cases were handled, recovering an economic loss of 200 million yuan.

Furthermore, judicial administrative authorities have organized and conducted more than 3,400 online legal publicity activities, attracting one million workers. A total of 70,000 legal consultations have been provided, and over 3,100 labor dispute cases were mediated and resolved, involving 5,000 workers engaged in new forms of employment.

The legal service campaign was jointly organized by the Ministry of Justice, the All-China Federation of Trade Unions and the All-China Lawyers Association. It has been carried out across 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities, as well as Xinjiang Production and Construction Crops since December 2022.