China cuts thousands of ‘phantom’ workers from payroll, with commentary by IEMS’ David Zweig

Published on: 2014-10-08


IEMS’ David Zweig gave his comments to the New Zealand Herald on the Chinese government’s removal of tens of thousands of “phantom employees” from state payrolls amid a campaign by President Xi Jinping to crack down on corruption and eliminate waste.

A total of 162,629 employees who had continued to draw salaries after leaving their posts were cleared out of central and provincial governments, state-controlled financial companies and universities as of September 25, the official People’s Daily reported on Monday. The country also disposed of 114,418 government vehicles, it said in a separate report. David Zweig noted that,

“”This would be an important step towards making China a fairer place rather than having people with power being able to take money out of the system and put in their own pockets,” David Zweig, a professor of political science at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, said by telephone.”

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