Wage arrears

Our 10 most recent articles.

Workers’ rights further eroded by new legislation in Shenzhen

The Shenzhen government is in the process of amending its Employee Wage Payment Regulations for the first time since they were introduced 17 years ago.
01 June 2021

The changing face of migrant workers in China

China’s rural migrant worker population fell by 5.2 million last year as the Covid-19 pandemic and attendant economic slowdown led to job losses and wage stagnation.
06 May 2021

ZTE trade union head jailed for two billion yuan investment scam

The former chair of state-owned telecom giant ZTE’s corporate trade union, He Xuemei, has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for embezzlement and fraudulent fundraising.
29 April 2021

Migrant workers beaten and jailed after claiming wages in arrears

Workers Wang Xiaoming and Liu Haiquan are serving ten- and eleven-month prison sentences following a dispute arising from their boss refusing to pay their wages. 
26 April 2021

Construction workers see minor improvements in work safety and job security but grievances remain

As China ramps up infrastructure development again, CLB talks to three construction workers about their pay and working conditions.
14 April 2021

Myanmar trade unions fighting to protect workers’ rights during the military crackdown

Trade unions in Myanmar are fighting to ensure that the labour rights of the hundreds of thousands of workers who have been at the forefront of the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) are protected.
31 March 2021

Cambodian and Chinese construction workers equal victims of the pandemic slowdown

CLB examines the complex interplay between Chinese and Cambodian construction workers and a rare moment of solidarity in Phnom Penh.
22 March 2021

For China’s couriers, not all routes are created equal

Intense competition among express delivery companies has led to a string of bankruptcies, while couriers face increasing pressure to keep up with the volume of orders.
16 March 2021

When We Were Smart: Reflections on factory town culture in China

A new documentary follows the lives of young migrant workers and the unique cultural phenomenon they created a decade ago.
22 February 2021

As China's economy recovers, the burden on workers increases

China was one of few countries that managed a reasonable economic recovery during the Covid-19 pandemic that began last year. However, China’s workers are yet to see their share, and, for many, wage levels and working conditions have deteriorated.
03 February 2021
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