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


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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