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In These Times: In Summer of Strife, China’s Proletariat Debuts on World Stage

The explosion of labor action in Chinese cities, including the high-profile Honda protests, is bearing some political fruit. Guangdong is working on a set of reforms to to give muscle to collective-bargaining laws that have thus far existed mostly on paper. According to the Hong Kong-based China Labour Bulletin (CLB), although the “collective consultation system” has been on the books for twenty years, Guangdong has just given workers two advantages
09 August 2010

CLB's analysis of Guangdong's Regulations on the Democratic Management of Enterprises

If passed into law, the regulations could trigger a major overhaul of the collective consultation system that has prevailed in China over the last two decades. Photo by Travel Geographer.
09 August 2010

Are "hometown unions" the best defenders of migrant workers' rights?

Recently in Shaanxi province, 118 migrant workers – who were mainly from Hubei province – were beaten by 300 thugs while staging a protest to get back their back pay at a railway bridge construction project near the historic city of Xi’an. In total, thirty workers were injured, nine severely. But strangely, what has attracted attention to their case is not the horrific scale of violence used by the employer, but the way the dispute was eventually settled.
20 August 2010

Exporting labour abuses – Chinese mining companies in Zambia

A new research report published by Human Rights Watch this month documents a wide-range of labour abuses including anti-union activities but focuses primarily on safety issues. And here, for anyone remotely familiar with the working conditions and management practices in Chinese mines, an all-too-familiar picture emerges.
16 November 2011

Latest population statistics show migrants still on the margins in Guangdong

More than one third of the population of China’s most prosperous province, Guangdong, are migrants, according to the latest census statistics. Despite recent attempts by provincial authorities to better integrate Guangdong society, there are still 36.7 million migrants in the province, out of a total population of 104 million.
04 August 2011

About New Worker Art Troupe, Social Media, and the new Guangdong Regulations

In this podcast, William Nee introduces the band New Worker Art Troupe, and talks a bit about the role of podcasting and social media.  Then the new Guangdong Regulations on the Democratic Management of Enterprises are also discussed.
12 August 2010

Jailed labour contractor still fighting for his workers’ wages

Peng Yingquan, a labour contractor from Hubei, talks to Han Dongfang about struggle with local government officials to get more than a million yuan in back pay for his workers, and his subsequent two year jail term.
09 September 2010

Foxconn and Elec-Tech – a tale of two factories

As Foxconn was staging its elaborate song and dance show yesterday to convince the world that, after a string of suicides earlier this year, everything was now fine and the workers in its Chinese factories were happy, a Hong Kong activist group released a report on a lesser known factory where appalling work conditions have clearly not improved. In the last year alone, more than 60 workers at Elec-Tech International, a manufacturer of small home appliances, have been injured, many losing fingers and hands while operating antiquated and dangerous machinery at the company’s plant in Zhuhai, according to the report by Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM).
19 August 2010

On SACOM's latest report, the Südwind-Institute report, and Foxconn

William Nee and Geoffrey Crothall are joined by CLB volunteer Denise to discuss a SACOM investigation into a factory in Zhuhai where more than 60 workers have been injured in the last year alone. We also talk about the latest publicity stunt at Foxconn and a report by a German university on labour rights abuses at supplier factories to major German brands.
20 August 2010

SCMP: Reforms planned to cut firms' influence over local unions

The mainland's sole official trade union will pay staff in its branches from next year and will gradually allow more leaders of the grass-roots unions under its umbrella to be elected by workers' representatives.
23 August 2010
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