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Coronavirus: China’s huge migrant worker population bearing the brunt of economic shutdown

South China Morning Post, China, 6 March 2020 - Lily Zhu, a migrant worker from the southern province of Hunan, who works as a sales manager at a high-end Beijing restaurant, does not expect to be paid at all in February, March or April.

Her employer, like most restaurants in the Chinese capital, remains closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“I have been waiting for my employer to call me back to work in Beijing, but the latest notice was that payment of my basic salary for February had been ‘postponed’,” she said from her hometown. “My salary has stopped, but other payments cannot be stopped, like the mortgage for my flat in Hunan or rent on my flat in Beijing.”

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Source: https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3065239/coronavirus-chinas-huge-migrant-worker-population-bearing

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