A year after a wave of mass layoffs and industrial action by factory workers, the Chinese government has announced a series of factory packages for holiday makers that include holiday gifts for factory workers.
The package for Christmas workers, for example, will include a box of rice, a pair of socks and a pair to wear as a stocking.
The packages are part of an effort to make it easier for factory families to get holiday gifts and also to encourage workers to keep up their skills and keep working to provide Christmas-related jobs for the next generation.
But some of the packages may be more useful for workers in China’s notoriously difficult and unpredictable factory environment, and may also help some workers who may not be able to keep working at home after the holidays.
The first package includes a pair, with the tagline “If you’re lucky enough to work in the Christmas industry, we’ve got you covered”.
It also includes a box with a Christmas tree, decorated with a holiday-themed greeting card.
“You’ll get a box that says ‘Christmas in a box’,” said a spokesman for the National Christmas Tree Commission, which promotes the Christmas tree industry.
The Christmas tree package includes Christmas decorations and a card for a worker.
“They’ve done a lot of work on this,” he said.
“We’re hoping they’ll be able help with some of these issues, like Christmas training and so on.”
But some workers may not get the Christmas packages they want, or may be too busy to be able get them.
The spokeswoman for the Christmas Tree Commissioner, David Smith, said he was not aware of any Christmas package being offered by Chinese authorities.
He said he had not seen any packages from the government for workers who are not in the workforce.
“I can’t speak to the individual packages being offered, or the individual worker packages being given,” he told The Australian Financial Reg.
“The boxes for Christmas are not going to be sent out to factories.”
The Christmas package will be given to a factory worker for Christmas, said Smith, who said it would also be used for Christmas training.
“There’s no guarantee that the workers will actually get the training that they need,” he added.
“But the package for a factory person is going to give them a Christmas Christmas.”
The first factory packages are due to be handed out in early January, the spokesman said.
The second package will also be given in early February.
Both the first and second packages will include Christmas trees and cards, Smith said.
In a statement, the Christmas Trees and Cards Commission said it was concerned about workers’ access to Christmas gifts.
“Unfortunately, it is difficult to access Christmas presents and Christmas cards, so this is particularly important for Christmas packages, which often come with no money, and can be extremely challenging for factory-related workers,” the statement said.