Wage arrears

Our 10 most recent articles.

Tutors struggle for compensation after mass layoffs

Teachers across China face wages in arrears after the effects of new rules regulating tutoring companies
07 September 2021

Henan overtakes Guangdong in number of worker protests

The central province of Henan has been a key locus of worker activism and collective protests in China over the last year, with construction and transport workers taking the lead.
24 August 2021

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

China’s food delivery workers take action while the union idles

Food delivery workers in several major cities went on strike at the end of June in protest at pay cuts and the draconian policies imposed by the online platforms that dominate the market.
06 July 2021

Trade union officials distance themselves from food delivery workers’ suffering

Protests by food delivery workers over the exploitative monopolies of companies like Ele.me and Meituan have made headlines recently, but the trade union remains inert.
05 July 2021

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

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

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
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