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Analysis of labour unrest by Bloomberg, AP and Reuters

When workers at a Honda transmission plant in China went on strike for higher wages last month, they touched off a domino effect of high-profile labor disputes. As the strikes, many of them at foreign-owned plants, rippled through China's southern manufacturing heartland, the government — usually quick to crush mass protests of any kind — did not step in, but allowed them to spread.
28 June 2010

Dying miner finally gets 136,000 yuan compensation in court mediated settlement

A retired miner from Sichuan with stage-three pneumoconiosis, who has been seeking occupational illness compensation from his former employer for the past three years, has finally been awarded 136,000 yuan in a court mediated settlement Xiao Huazhong had been seeking 190,000 yuan, the amount he should be legally entitled to, but accepted the lower award because he is currently seriously ill in hospital, has already spent his entire life savings of around 80,000 yuan on medical care, and is faced with additional hospital bills of several hundred yuan a day.
29 June 2010

CTV News: China’s changing labour landscape

As an unprecedented wave of strikes rolled across China this month – shutting car plants and electronics component makers – the staff at the Gloria Plaza Hotel in Beijing decided they, too, had had enough.
30 June 2010

Christian Science Monitor: China's migrant workers see some gains on labor rights

Chinese migrant laborers toiling in the factories of two major firms won unusually hefty raises in recent weeks, as Honda sought to end strikes and Foxconn, maker of the Apple iPad, tried to stave off criticism over a spate of worker suicides. But multinationals that find themselves backed into a corner are not the only ones starting to heed the demands of increasingly emboldened employees. In some instances government officials here in China’s southern factory belt, Guangdong Province, have also made small concessions as more workers stage sit-ins and pursue legal channels for compensation.
02 July 2010

ACFTU jumps on Zhang Haichao bandwagon

It was hoped that Zhang’s high-profile intervention in the Xiao case could help give a slither of hope to an impoverished man who has spent more than 80,000 yuan on medical expenses and has consistently had officialdom interfere in his case in order to help the local coal baron Liu Xing’an. Sure enough, on 26 June a representative from the Sichuan Federation of Trade Unions came to Xiao’s hospital bedside to give him a check of 2,000 yuan of condolence payments (慰问金) , which, lo and behold, happened to also make a nice photo-op. The trade union also claimed that since November of 2008 they had been following the Xiao Huazhong case, and that they had passed on the relevant information to higher-level leaders.
02 July 2010

Strikes continue as local governments increase minimum wage

Minimum wage increases of about 20 percent on average went into effect yesterday in another ten provinces and municipalities including, Beijing and Shenzhen, as a strike at a Japanese-owned electronics factory in Tianjin entered its third day. The minimum wage adjustments brought the number of provinces that have raised the legal minimum wage since it was unfrozen at the beginning of this year to around 20, with most other provinces expected to follow suit by the end of the year.
02 July 2010

Analysis of strikes in The Observer and Herald Scotland

Zhang Liwen found out that she was about to go on strike over a breakfast of steamed buns and congee rice porridge at her factory dormitory. Fifteen minutes later, she was taking part in industrial action for the first time in her life.
05 July 2010

Reuters: China’s new migrant workers pushing the line

After a morning of confrontation with his bosses at an auto parts factory in southern China, Wei took a different route home to avoid the plain-clothes police tailing him. As soon as he reached his building, Wei darted up a flight of stairs to his small rented room and logged onto a desktop computer.
06 July 2010

Foxconn workers fatalistic about uncertain future

As Foxconn plans to move more production inland, workers at its flagship facility in Shenzhen face an uncertain future. Photograph of Shenzhen by Nako
07 July 2010

Chinese migrant workers exploited in Singapore

Two weeks ago, a truck carrying 17 migrant workers skidded and crashed, killing three workers and badly injuring the other 14. Just two days earlier, in the same city, another worker being transported along with a pile of building materials on the back of an open truck was killed after being impaled by a metal bar. But this was not a small city in central or western China, this was Singapore, supposedly one of the most advanced and modern cities in the world.
07 July 2010
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