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Suzhou Details Foreigners’ Mandatory Social Insurance Participation

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JO TAMBÉ ESTAVA AL PARLAMENT… I HO TORNARIA A FER

El dia 31 de març comença el judici contra les 20 persones imputades per l’intent de bloqueig del Parlament del 15 de Juny del 2011. Aquell dia s’anaven a iniciar el tràmits per aprovar els pressupostos amb el primer paquet de retallades a Catalunya, que va propiciar el tancament d’empreses públiques, la privatització de la sanitat, les retallades al sector de la cultura, educació, etc.

La mobilització “Aturem el Parlament” va succeir dues setmanes després del brutal desallotjament de la Plaça Catalunya a mans dels antidisturbis dels Mossos d’Esquadra a les ordres del que era conseller d’Interior i ara ho és d’Empresa i Ocupació, Felip Puig. També responsable del dispositiu policial que va disparar contra l’ull d’Esther Quintana.

La criminalització per part de la premsa subvencionada pel Govern i l’escalada repressiva que va venir després (judicis contra persones que volien impedir un desnonament al Clot, nombroses detencions a les vagues generals, multes absurdes per les persones que es manifestaven o per enganxar cartells, etc), va ser i és encara, una resposta planejada per procurar frenar l’augment de la indignació i de la força de les protestes populars contra el poder polític, econòmic i altres injustícies quotidianes, com el patriarcat i el racisme.

Durant aquells dies, la gent es va organitzar arreu per construir política des del carrer, com moltes seguim fent. La política que volem és assembleària, horitzontal, autogestionada, sense representants, és del poble i per al poble, i xoca amb la política institucional que ens governa. La qual ha estat protagonista d’un espiral de corrupció i de tenir llaços, sovint familiars o personals, amb grans empreses privades que reben encàrrecs d’obres públiques i amb els peixos grossos del poder financer.

Aquell dia érem milers de persones les que vam anar a intentar aturar el Parlament, per combatre el drama de tantes vides immerses en la misèria, els acomiadaments per les retallades, els suïcidis pels desnonaments, etc. Perquè moltes d’aquestes barbàries s’aproven dins dels murs d’aquest edifici. Per aquest motiu estàvem assenyalant els culpables el 15 de Juny de 2011 i per això mateix, ho tornaríem a fer sense por, perquè legitimem la nostra actuació, i perquè si la gent del carrer, a qui ens afecta tot això, no lluitem, ningú altre ho farà per nosaltres.

Sabem i tenim clar que aquest és un judici polític, una farsa per atemorir a aquelles que decideixen plantar cara i actuar contra els responsables de tanta precarietat. De fet, ens reafirmem al comprovar que l’acció directa contra els poderosos i generar alternatives de vida els molesta, i molt. Per això, i perquè som conscients del poder que podem tenir quan ens organitzem, no ens volem doblegar davant les seves intimidacions i fem una crida a estendre la solidaritat a aquells i aquelles que pateixen la repressió i la violència quotidiana d’aquest sistema econòmic, en les seves infinitats de formes.

Convoquem manifestació el dia 29 de març a Barcelona a les 18:30 a Plaça Catalunya.

SOLIDARITAT AMB TOTES LES REPRESALIADES I AMB AQUELLES QUE LLUITEN!!

La propera vegada que agafin un helicòpter, que sigui per marxar ben lluny i no tornar a molestar!

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I was at the Catalan Parliament too…
and I would do it again

On March 31st the court case against the 20 people who are charged with an attempt to block the Catalan Paliament on June 15th 2012 will begin. That day in June, the process of implementing the first round of budget cuts in Catalonia began. Cuts that involved closing public companies, the privatization of health care,as well as cuts in the area of culture, education, etc.

The mobilization “Aturem el Parlament” (“Paralize the Parliament”), took place two weeks after the brutal eviction of Plaza Catalunya (Barcelona), by the riot police Mossos d´Esquadra under the command of Felip Puig. He was the minister of the Interior at that time and is currently the minister of companies and labour. He was also responsible for the police operation that shot Esther Quintana in the eye.

The criminalization by the media (that is funded by the state) and the increase of repression which followed (court cases against people trying to prevent an eviction in the neighbourhood of el Clot, many detentions during the general strikes, absurd fees for people protesting or hanging banners with tape etc), was, and still is, a planned response to try to stop the rise of outrage and the strength of popular demostrations against economic and political power, and other daily injustices (such as patriarchy and racism).

During those days, people organized themselves all over to build and create politics from the streets, as many of us continue to do. The politics we want are based in assemblies, horizontal, self-organized, without leaders; they belong to the people and they are for the people, and clash with the institutional politics which govern us. The same institutional politics and their protagonists are creating a corruption spiral and have relationships, mostly family-based, with private companies (that receive contracts for public constructions) and with high-up people with economic power.

That day we were thousands of people trying to paralyze the Catalan Parliament in order to fight the drama of so many lives embedded in misery, the layoffs due to the cuts, the suicides due to evictions, etc. Because many of these atrocities are approved behind the walls of that building. This is the reason that we were pointing out the guilty ones that 25 of June 2012, and because of this, we would to it again without fear. Because we legitimize our action, and because if we, the people from the street -whom are the most affected-, don´t fight, nobody will do it for us.

We know that this is a political court case, a farce to scare those who decide to stand up and take action against thoseresponsibleforall this precariousness. In fact, we reaffirm our ideals and actions after proving that direct action and the creation of alternatives of life bothers them, a lot. Because of this, and because we are aware of the power we can have when we are organized, we don´t want to bow down to their intimidation. We call for a spread of solidarity for all the ones who suffer daily repression and violence within this economic system, in its infinite shapes.

SOLIDARITY WITH ALL THE REPRESSED AND THOSE WHO FIGHT!!

The next time that they take an helicopter, it should be to go far away, and not come back to bother us.

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Repression in Spain. A call for international solidarity

During the last three years Spanish society has witnessed a period of intense social protests against austerity, corruption, unemployment and so on. As in other times in history, the greater and more radicalised the protest the bigger the repression that the state organises against it. Since the general strike in September 2010, a common trend of this repression strategy is been a kind of ‘laissez faire’ in the streets but followed by ´selective´ detentions months later. Police have been literally knocking doors down of those who continuously take part in different actions and demonstrations, and consequently dozens of people have been arrested.

On June the 15th 2011, ten thousand people surrounded the Catalan parliament in Barcelona. That day the government wanted to approve a vast austerity cut in health and education, and the idea was to block politicians from getting into the building. “Inexplicably” the police did not protect some politicians, which caused direct confrontation with protesters, and of course that fact was used by the media as an example of violence against democracy. After that, people were violently dispersed, and the MPs could do their job.

On October the 4th 2011, 22 people were arrested in their homes. They have been accused of a crime against the state, using a law designed for coup leaders and that had never been used before in Spain. They now face a penalty of up to 8 years in jail, whereas some of them have been also accused of different crimes related to other demonstrations. The trial will start in March the 31st 2014 and it is expected to last four days.

There will be a national day of solidarity in Spain on March the 29th with demonstrations in several cities. So we also call for international solidarity.

You can call, email or block different Spanish embassies or institutions. Or you can do whatever you consider appropriate…

“That day we tried to block the Catalan parliament to combat the drama of many lives immersed in poverty, layoffs by cuts, suicides by evictions, etc. Because many of these atrocities are approved behind the walls of that building. We were pointing at the guilty, and because of that we would do it again without fear. We know this is a political trial, a farce to scare those who choose to stand up and take action against those responsible for such precarious living conditions. In fact, we reaffirm it to find that both direct action against the powerful and generate alternative lives bothers them a lot. For this reason, and because we understand the power that we can have as we organise ourselves, we do not want to bow to their intimidation and we make a call to extend solidarity to those suffering the daily repression and violence of this economic system, in its myriad forms”.

encausadesparlament.wordpress.com/manifest-suport/manifes…

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Following the promulgation of a national decree ordering foreign employees’ mandatory participation in China’s social insurance system in September, 2011, Suzhou issued new documentation earlier this year to ensure the enforcement of this new policy citywide.

On January 18, 2012, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of Suzhou announced the “Circular on Improving Foreign Employees’ Participation in Social Insurance Program in Suzhou (surenbaogui [2012] No.1),” detailing specific measures regarding foreigners’ participation in the city’s social insurance system.

Participation details
Enterprises, public institutions, social organizations, private non-corporation entities, foundations, law firms, accounting firms and any other organizations registered in Suzhou lawfully employing foreigners are all required to participate in the social insurance system in accordance with the law. Contributions should be made to the following five insurances:

– Pension
– Medical insurance
– Work-related injury insurance
– Unemployment insurance
– Maternity insurance

Foreigners that qualify for participation and started working in Suzhou before October 15, 2011 are required to participate in the social insurance system from October 2011. Those who have already participated in pension, medical insurance and work-related injury insurance according to the “Circular on Issues Regarding Participation in Social Insurance Program by Foreigners and Residents from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau (sulaoshexian [2005] No.13),” effective from 2005, are required to also participate in unemployment and maternity insurance starting from October 2011 and make backdated premium payments for the two insurance items according to the their wage bases.

Foreign employees who have processed their social insurance registration before the end of February 2012 can make a backdated premium payment according to their wages actually declared. Foreign employees who are not part of the social insurance system before March 1, 2012 are subject to a backdated premium payment for all the social insurance items according to related provisions.

Implementation details
Foreign employees’ participation within China’s social insurance system – including transfers, renewals, and retirement conditions – is implemented the same way as Chinese employees under national and local regulations.

Payment and duration details
The required period and duration of premium payments for foreign participants to the social insurance system are set according to national standards. Former Chinese citizens who now hold foreign nationalities and who have records in the social insurance system in Suzhou can accumulate payments previously made as a Chinese citizen if they start a new job in the city.

Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau residents
Lawfully employed Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau residents (holding the “Employment Permit for Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau Residents”) in Suzhou who are below retiring age are required to follow this Circular, before the new policy issued by the national and provincial government.

Date of effect
This notice comes into force from January 28, 2012, as Circular No. 13 ceased to be in effect.

In addition to Circular No.1 detailing specific measures regarding foreigners’ participation in the Suzhou’s social insurance system, the Suzhou Industrial Park has also updated the “Provisional Measures on the Management of Social Security Fund (Provident Fund).”

According to the “Circular on Improving Foreign Employees’ Participation in Social Insurance Program at Suzhou Industrial Park (suyuanlaobao [2012] No.5)” issued on February 28, 2012, foreigners that qualify for participation shall participate in social security Program B, which is designed in line with the national social insurance program and comprises of basic pension, basic medical insurance, work-related injury insurance, unemployment insurance and maternity insurance. Under Program B, housing fund contributions shall still be made but are considered separate from the five social insurance items. Those who have already participated in Program A (which is a comprehensive welfare package including all five social insurance items and the housing fund) before this notice can voluntarily choose to participate in Program B

This article was written for the China business news site, China-briefing.com.

Dezan Shira & Associates specialise in foreign direct investment in China, and help companies do business in China.

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