Some of the largest, best organized and most determined worker protests in China in recent years have been staged by teachers. China’s teachers make up less than two percent of the overall workforce but they account for about four percent of the strikes and protests recorded on China Labour Bulletin’s Strike Map.
Last month, China Labour Bulletin published a new research report entitled Over-worked and under-paid: The long-running battle of China’s teachers for decent work, which examines the deep-seated problems in China’s school system and the collective efforts of teachers to overcome low pay, lack of social security, unequal pay and wage arrears.
The report focused on the collective actions taken by teachers in 2014 and 2015 however teachers’ strikes and protests have continued to break out this year. Two of the most significant recent actions are highlighted in this month’s newsletter.