After a brief lull in labour unrest during the China's Golden Week break, October saw a noticeable uptick among coal and steel workers' collective actions against mistreatment in capacity reduction efforts.
China Labour Bulletin previously reported a distinct decline in the labour unrest in coal and steel during the summer months and little evidence of protests around capacity reduction following a large spike of worker around the Lunar New Year. While October's protests have not reached their Lunar New Year heights, several major collective actions in these industries featured workers directly protesting meagre layoff compensation in the process of capacity reduction.
With local resistance to capacity reduction goals, questions remain over future policy toward these sectors. Workers, however, have already clearly showed that they are prepared to fight the efforts of companies to cast them aside without paying them their due.