Since the end of last year, some of China’s wealthiest provinces have reported civil service pay cuts, and officials at the grassroots level of the regime have become unstable. For example, a public official in Jiangsu recently confirmed that their salaries had been significantly reduced since October last year. For this reason, everyone began to scold and complain publicly, and their work became negative.
Last year, not only was the education and real estate industry in mainland China in trouble, but even the civil servants, who had been guaranteed a stable income during drought and flood, also began to see a wave of salary cuts.
At the end of November last year, some netizens successively posted that civil servants would have their salaries cut short on social media. In December, some netizens further stated on Weibo that civil servants in Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Fujian, Shanghai, and other provinces and cities have successively received salary cuts, with a drop of about 20% to 30%.
An unnamed public official from a county bureau level unit in Jiangsu Province told The Epoch Times on Jan. 19 that the salary cut of civil servants and career cadres in Jiangsu Province began in October last year.
He said that because Jiangsu’s economy is good, it has already exceeded the national standard. In October last year, Jiangsu Province adjusted the housing subsidy. Like his ordinary colleagues, the cut was less than 1,000 yuan, or about $160. High professional and middle-level positions’ salaries have dropped by more than 1,000 yuan or $160, and some have fallen by 2,000 yuan or $320.
He gave an example of a young colleague admitted to his department last year. The original monthly salary was more than 10,000 yuan or $1600, not including bonuses. Last year, his salary was reduced by more than 1,000 yuan or $160 to more than 9,000 yuan or $1400. In addition, their provident fund has also dropped from January this year to the level of June last year, including one thousand yuan for individuals and one thousand yuan for unit subsidies, adding up to two thousand yuan or $320. In his own situation, he used to have a bonus of 50,000 yuan or $7,900 at the end of the year, but after the salary cut, there will be only 10,000 or 20,000 yuan left, equivalent to $1600 or $3200 left.
He said top cadres in county bureaus could get 100,000 to 200,000 yuan, or $16,000 to $32,000 in bonuses at the end of the year, on top of their usual wages, and now they have all been cut off.
The financial staff told them publicly that there may be no bonus or only 10,000 yuan, or $1600 this year. The leader also said they should prepare the money themselves if anyone has a mortgage or car loan.
Even more frightening is that many years of accrued leave have been canceled, and the annual leave subsidy is gone. The official said that, for example, he could take two weeks off and still earn more than 9,000 yuan or $1,400, but now it’s gone. If the husband and wife are both civil servants, it will be nearly 100% less. The 20,000 yuan, or $3,200, together with the cancelation of the civilization bonus, is equivalent to a loss of 20,000 yuan or $3,200 for the individual, and the couple’s total loss is 40,000 yuan or $6,400.
In addition, he said that this year, civil servants’ telephone subsidies and transportation subsidies would be canceled. They were canceled last year, but it was officially announced this year. In addition, the civilization Prize has also been canceled.
Regime forced to ‘pacify’ civil servants after pay cuts
The unnamed official said that the opinions on the salary cut this time are huge, and everyone’s reaction is to scold and complain openly. However, he has no intention of working for nothing.
He said that he went to the work unit this afternoon and saw his colleagues arrive at work at 2:00 p.m. and get out of work at 4:00 p.m. So the atmosphere is very negative.
Regarding the salary reduction, the unnamed official said leaders explained that this is to achieve the shared prosperity policy of Xi Jinping or wage distribution.
But the unnamed official believes that the salary cut is actually because the government is out of money.
He said that the Chinese Communist Party is against the whole world. So there is no truly international support for it. So to fund the cost of so-called maintaining stability and cover the cost for the armed police force, a salary cut is one option.