Worker Activism and Collective Bargaining

China's workers are increasingly well-organized: They are often able to elect their own representatives and successfully engage in collective bargaining.

Volkswagen worker representatives arrested at Changchun plant


Volkswagen promises to the respect worker representatives in international agreements though three workers have been arrested for defending the rights of thousands of temporary workers at the company.

Trade Union Organizing and Training

China's workers lack real trade union representation. CLB and our mainland partners encourage workers to reclaim the union for themselves.

Sack them for Striking. Arrest them for Protesting. Imprison them for Organising – Chinese Workers Are Not Going to Give Up


China’s ‘core leader’ Xi Jinping ordered the ACFTU to come up with a plan to improve workplace representation. Xi’s anti-corruption drive won him considerable support among China’s workers. But he cannot afford to sacrifice it, particularly in the run-up to this year’s 19th Party Congress.

Work safety in China

Work safety is one of the most serious issues affecting China's workers: Employers and the government need to take it seriously too.

How many tragedies must there be before the union starts doing its job?


Instead of providing workers with psychological consultation and handing out self-help handbooks after the disaster, trade unions need to remember that they are legally bound to safeguard workers’ rights and ensure that employers provide employees with a safe working environment.

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