Wage arrears

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June 2022 labour news roundup: Restaurant closures leave millions of workers without jobs

Catering industry stalls under high operating costs; delivery drivers detained for violating Shanghai’s pandemic prevention regulations; construction companies transfer Covid-positive workers to unhygienic facilities; all levels of government urged to hire new graduates; physical examinations lead to insidious employment discrimination
05 July 2022

Migrant workers and their children

There are an estimated 292 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.
26 May 2022

An introduction to China Labour Bulletin’s Strike Map

There are no official statistics on the number of strikes and worker protests in China. CLB’s Strike Map is currently the only publicly accessible database that contains detailed information on more than 14,000 workers’ collective actions in China dating back to 2011
04 May 2022

Cities in lockdown lack infrastructure to support essential workers

The pandemic and frontline workers, China’s Two Sessions, deadly gas accidents on the rise, and collective bargaining in India’s garment sector
06 April 2022

Voices of China’s young and isolated workers in retail and service industry

Trend in 2021 of service sector workers taking to social media shows that avenues for redress of labour disputes remain limited
13 January 2022

Wage arrears threaten the livelihoods of China’s workers

This year, strikes by couriers on China’s 11 November online shopping day reached a record of 136, compared to just 31 in 2020. During the pandemic, delivery companies have resorted to undercutting their competition with lower prices, leading to workers being paid less than 1 yuan per delivery in some areas. With price wars likely to continue, robust safeguards need to be in place and adequately enforced to ensure that couriers do not keep losing out.
09 December 2021

China’s top footballers go public over wage arrears

From the Super League to the Professional League One, China’s athletes haven’t been paid and fans are starting to notice
18 November 2021

Striking bus drivers point to debt issues for local governments

Workers at state-owned transport company shut down traffic, sparking widespread discussions over debt
11 November 2021

Construction subcontracting leaves vulnerable workers without pay

Widespread subcontracting makes it hard to establish labour relationships and defend workers' basic rights
05 November 2021

After Evergrande, Baoneng Group’s collapse threatens the livelihoods of China’s workforce

Like Evergrande, Baoneng’s debt problems have developed into a crisis that affects the livelihoods of many workers 
01 November 2021
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