Chinese business associates say they’ve been treated unfairly by Chinese managers
Business associates who were working for Chinese companies in Canada say they were treated unfairly in a bid to secure higher pay and benefits for them, including a bonus for promotion.
The accusations came in a letter sent to CBC News by the Business Associates for Canada (BAFC) group, which represents Chinese business people in Canada.
The letter was sent in the wake of a Globe and Mail investigation that revealed that a number of Chinese executives and management teams were making decisions based on their ability to get the maximum compensation for their services.
The group said it was also receiving complaints about other Chinese companies.
“The Chinese have been very aggressive in their efforts to get their way with these agreements, so it has been really difficult for the Chinese to maintain their dominance,” said Joanne Hodge, the group’s vice-president of strategic alliances.
The letter, which was obtained by CBC News through the Access to Information Act, says Chinese officials have been pressuring Chinese business owners to agree to a deal in which their companies would be given a special status in China. “
It’s just not a good situation.”
The letter, which was obtained by CBC News through the Access to Information Act, says Chinese officials have been pressuring Chinese business owners to agree to a deal in which their companies would be given a special status in China.
The special status would give them preferential treatment in hiring and promotion.
China has long had a business-friendly stance toward foreign companies.
It’s a sign of Beijing’s strength in the world.
But the letter from the BAFC said the Chinese government has made the special status a way to further its own interests, including controlling access to government contracts.
“In fact, the special position of the Chinese is intended to be the exclusive basis for the granting of business opportunities for Chinese businesses in Canada,” it reads.
“While the Chinese Government has stated that it does not want to have any dealings with foreign companies, it has created a special business-relations status for Chinese firms.”
The BAFC letter also accuses Chinese executives of exploiting employees and their families to secure their pay and bonuses.
“As Chinese companies have become increasingly dominant in the Canadian business sector, we have experienced a trend where Chinese executives have been taking advantage of employees and family members in order to increase their compensation and bonuses,” the letter reads.
According to the BAFLC, Chinese executives in Canada made $2.9 billion from contracts with government agencies, companies, and government-owned corporations in 2016.
That number includes bonuses, but not wages.
The BAFL says the bonuses were paid by Chinese companies and were approved by China’s government.
The BFAFC says its members were not compensated at all.
“Chinese companies have been paying Chinese people for years, they have been getting preferential treatment and they have never received any of the compensation for these jobs,” said Hodge.
The group says it has received numerous complaints about the issue from employees and management, including from executives who are currently employed by Chinese businesses. “
We think the Chinese are very, very aggressive about this.”
The group says it has received numerous complaints about the issue from employees and management, including from executives who are currently employed by Chinese businesses.
The Chinese government’s efforts to make life easier for its businesses are a common theme in the business community, said Paul Moulton, a professor of business administration at the University of Ottawa.
“I think it is really difficult to argue that they are doing something wrong. “
They are very powerful in China and they’re very powerful overseas. “
I think it is really difficult to argue that they are doing something wrong.
China says it is committed to fair and transparent working practices in all areas of its economy. “
But I do think it would be unfair to say that they have not done anything wrong.”
China says it is committed to fair and transparent working practices in all areas of its economy.
“China will continue to work with the business associations and with stakeholders, including the business owners and the stakeholders in Canada, to address the issues raised in this letter,” China’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry said in a statement.
“This letter is part of the work of the Ministry to develop a common approach to ensure fair and effective working practices, in line with the China-Canada Economic and Trade Framework Agreement and the Canada-China Economic and Strategic Partnership Agreement.”