Chinese regulators tell DiDi and Alibaba to better protect workers
DiDi headquarters in Beijing, China. /CFP

DiDi headquarters in Beijing, China. /CFP

Chinese regulators on Friday gathered 10 leading delivery and ride-hailing companies for a meeting to give guidance on better protecting labor rights amid new forms of employment.

The meeting, which focused on improving how platform firms distributed incomes and ensured rest periods for workers, was in conjunction with Ministry of Transport, the State Administration of Market Supervision and the All-China Federation of Trade Unions, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said in a statement posted on its official WeChat account. 

The regulators delivered the message to 10 companies, including Meituan, DiDi Global, Alibaba Group's and Tencent Holdings.

The meeting was a follow-up to guidelines drafted in July by regulators for food delivery platforms to guarantee their workers' income was above minimum pay levels. 

In August, the Ministry of Transport said it was considering setting an upper limit on commission taken by ride-hailing platforms.

China has escalated anti-trust efforts, sought to curb disorderly expansion of capital and carried out a series of reforms to its tax system, as well as enhanced healthcare, jobs and market regulation, as part of a big picture plan to achieve "common prosperity" in all aspects.

Read more: Reform of China's tax system under common prosperity goal

Other than delivery and ride-hailing sectors, the gaming industry has also been targeted.

China has cut minors' time on online games to three hours per week. On Wednesday, the authorities summoned leading online gaming companies, including Tencent and NetEase, to ensure strict compliance with the latest rules.

Read more: Minors bypass age rules: Chinese regulators order gaming giants to plug loopholes

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