Our 10 most recent articles.

Chongqing government amends discriminatory policy after public outcry

The Chongqing government has quietly revoked a discriminatory hiring requirement for teachers following a public outcry. However, the local trade union, whose responsibility it is to protect teachers’ rights, was nowhere to be seen.
16 July 2021

Migrant workers and their children

There are an estimated 286 million rural migrant workers in China, comprising more than one-third of the entire working population. They have been the engine of China’s spectacular economic growth over the last three decades but remain marginalized, and their children have limited access to education and healthcare.
04 May 2021

Private education companies are a new focus of worker protests in China

Staff and customers of one of China’s best known education companies, YouWin Education, staged a mass protest at the company headquarters in Beijing on 19 October. 
09 November 2020

Rural teachers demand payment of millions of yuan in wage arrears

After five years of wage delays and non-payment of bonuses and pension contributions, the teachers of Dafang country in Guizhou finally had enough. They took their complaints public and petitioned the central government for help. In early September, the State Council intervened and ordered the local government to pay the teachers the 470 million yuan they were owed.
05 October 2020

Employment and Wages

Job creation and higher living standards have long been key objectives for the Chinese government. However, millions of workers in traditional industries are being laid off and many of the new jobs being created are insecure and poorly paid. 
15 September 2020

The changing face of worker protest in northeast China

Protests move from state-owned enterprises to the private sector but familiar government and trade union failings remain.
17 August 2020

Workplace discrimination

Discrimination in the workplace on the basis of gender, age, social origin, health, ethnicity etc. is endemic and still widely tolerated in in China. Over the last decade, the Chinese government has sought to provide employees with greater legal protection against discrimination but these laws remain deficient in administration, effectiveness, and coverage.
07 July 2020

Students and trade union fight to prevent university from outsourcing sanitation work

The outsourcing of cleaning services at universities is a global problem that requires a global response.
14 May 2020

Work safety

China is undeniably a safer place to work than it was a decade ago. However, accident rates, death tolls and the incidence of occupational disease are all still comparatively high. New work hazards have emerged as the economy develops, and many employers continue to prioritise productivity and profit well above work safety.
12 May 2020

Foreign teachers in China struggle to get paid

China Labour Bulletin is frequently contacted by foreign teachers in China who are owed wages in arrears. While CLB cannot get directly involved in these cases, we have outlined some steps below that foreign teachers might take to protect their rights.
07 April 2020
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