The party creates strong links in emerging sectors

LU PING/CHINA DAILY

Members serve as role models for their colleagues

Beijing resident Ma Renfeng was recently on call as a driver transporting supplies to hospitals and neighborhoods to help contain the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in the Chinese capital.

As a member of the Chinese Communist Party for 28 years, Ma voluntarily provides rides for medical staff and so-called empty-nest elderly people, those who do not have children or do not live with their children. , alone or with their spouse. .

Since November, he and other Party member drivers have been rounding up elderly residents living in suburban communities and taking them for COVID-19 vaccinations, before driving them home, all for free.

“The elderly have approved of our work. Everyone is aging, and empty-nested elderly people in particular need help. We Party members should set a good example,” Ma said.

Many Party members such as Ma working in emerging industries, including food and package delivery, logistics, live streaming and e-commerce, also serve as role models for their colleagues.

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, praised the efforts of new employment groups on many occasions, especially during epidemic prevention and control work. He also called for protecting the rights and interests of flexible employment groups such as truck drivers and delivery workers.

The importance of guiding, bringing together and serving these groups was stressed by Xi when he addressed the opening ceremony of a study session at the Party School of the Central Committee of China. PCC on March 1, attended by young and middle-aged officials.

Over the past year, Party organization departments nationwide have intensified branch formation among emerging flexible job groups, increasing the number of delivery people, truck drivers and transport drivers. .

These Party members receive guidance to set an example within their groups and also act as a bridge between their colleagues and the authorities.

Beijing is home to a large number of people employed in emerging sectors, with a total of 220,000 employed daily as delivery people and ride-hailing drivers, according to the Party’s organization department in the capital.

The city has identified 1,268 Party members in these professions and established 218 Party branches for them based on specific conditions, according to the department.

The branch Ma belongs to has 25 driver members. “Members come from all over the country to work in Beijing, and the department strengthens our sense of belonging,” he said.

“We drivers hit the road for a living, which gives us a platform to participate in group activities,” he said. “Whenever an event is announced in our chat group, drivers sign up within minutes.

“Everyone is ready to participate in voluntary group activities such as planting trees, producing a good atmosphere.”

Zhu Lijia, a professor at the National Academy of Governance, said that since many people in these new professions have joined the Party in their hometown, they cannot attend regular Party activities while working elsewhere. .

However, organizing them together can give these Party members a “home”, he said, adding that it is also helpful in fulfilling their duties and obligations, and in remembering their original aspirations to join the Left.

Party members in emerging industries can be guided to serve as role models for their colleagues to provide better services to society, Zhu said. He added that grassroots Party organizations and their members, including delivery men and couriers, play an important role in epidemic prevention and control work.

Solve problems

In April, Party member Zhang Ya, 56, a truck driver in Zunyi, Guizhou Province, and his colleagues distributed gift kits to truck drivers passing through highway intersections and service areas. , who were working during the outbreak.

Donated by the public, the kits included toothpaste, toothbrushes, instant noodles, drinks and face masks, everything needed for long-distance travel.

“Truck drivers are struggling on the road, especially during the epidemic. As Party members, we hope to provide them with some comfort to facilitate their work,” Zhang said.

He joined the Party in his twenties, when he was a farmer in his native village and wanted to help the people. Seeking a better life, Zhang left for Zunyi to do various jobs. With the rise of the logistics industry, he became a truck driver in 2013, transporting goods on one or two day trips. He sometimes spent the night in his vehicle during these journeys.

It was difficult for drivers like Zhang to participate in Party branch activities while on the road. To solve this problem, the Party Organization Department and the Guizhou Transportation Authority worked together to set up 22 Party branches for drivers.

Comprised of a total of 590 drivers, the branches are responsible to the party committee of the Full Truck Alliance, also known as Manbang, which operates a domestic freight service platform.

Zhang, who was chosen as secretary of a Party branch with more than 20 members, often helps truckers out of trouble.

To help Party leaders who are drivers, traffic enforcement departments have selected 22 Party members to guide each branch. Manbang sent 11 Party members to be deputy Party leaders of the branches and to serve as the link between the drivers and the platform.

The 22 agencies have launched discussion groups, in which online studies on traffic policies and rules are conducted through the sharing of articles and videos. Members communicate with each other in groups, discussing their demands and difficulties.

Fang Zhijiang from the Guizhou Department of Transportation said, “Truck drivers lead busy lives, and their hard work is important for economic and social development.

However, he added that they sometimes face situations such as labor disputes.

Zhao Junjie from the Party Organization Department in Guizhou said, “Party sections for drivers can serve as a bridge between drivers and authorities to solve problems quickly.

To help fellow truckers, Zhang set up a chat group with more than 200 colleagues from across the country. When someone asked for help in the group, Zhang and other Party members lent a helping hand.

“When we encounter problems that cannot be resolved, we report them to the traffic and law enforcement departments via the Party branch,” Zhang said.

Last year, a truck driver who got lost in Guizhou asked for help from Zhang, who immediately reported the situation to the traffic enforcement department via the Party branch.

“Within half an hour, the traffic police helped the driver, who then wrote a note thanking us,” Zhang said.

He and other Party members listened and collected more than 100 driver problems, passing them on to authorities for help.

“I joined the Party to serve others. After forming the Party branch, we members can better help other drivers solve their problems,” he said.

This month, authorities in Guizhou had settled around 680 claims from truckers, according to official data.

Zhao said, “Through care and assistance, Party organizations gather and unite truckers who are Party members, strengthening ties with the people.

party lure

In October, Lu Zhiqiang, a delivery courier, applied to become a member of a Party branch in Shigezhuang Subdistrict, Changping District, Beijing, where he often picks up and delivers meals. His candidacy is currently being considered by Party officials.

“I have friends who are Party members, and under their influence, I always wanted to join them,” said Lu, who moved from his hometown of Shenyang, Liaoning Province, to Beijing in 2018 to to find work and provide for his family.

Lu is hardworking and thrifty. He gets up around 6 a.m. and sometimes doesn’t get home until 1 a.m. the next morning. To save time and money when he has few orders, he usually rushes home to prepare meals.

He handles a maximum of 2,000 orders per month, earning an income of more than 10,000 yuan ($1,490) during this period. Exceptional in his job, Lu now manages 30 delivery men, but he still finds life in the city difficult.

“When it rains a lot and I don’t have a raincoat, I try to get the food delivered on time, even if I’m soaked. The only time I really feel aggrieved is when I get bad reviews or complaints from customers,” he said.

To connect with and help workers like Lu, the sub-district launched a gas station in August near a building housing many restaurants where delivery people pick up meals.

The service station offers workers the opportunity to rest between peak periods. They also charge their phones there and heat up meals. Facilities outside the station allow users to charge their battery-powered vehicles. Various activities were organized at the station, including free health checks and training on traffic regulations. During family reunion vacations, the sub-district arranges for riders to cook and eat meals together.

Lu said, “When we vacation together, I feel at home here. Everyone is welcome at the gas station, delivery people, cleaners and security guards. He added that the meeting at the station also gives the workers the opportunity to raise their concerns with the authorities.

Guo Feng, a local subdistrict official, said, “It’s a way to bring us closer together. Many of these people work alone in Beijing, but through these activities, we hope they can feel the warmth of home and the attention of the Party. .”

About 380 gas stations have been launched since June last year in Changping, where 140 delivery workers have applied for Party membership, according to official data.

Joseph K. Bennett