A month-long strike at a Japanese-owned bag manufacturer in the Pearl River Delta town of Zhongshan has been characterized by police violence, arrests and intimidation, and the absolute refusal of the boss to negotiate.
Amid continual strikes and protests by taxi drivers across China over exploitative cab company fees and competition from unlicensed cabs, a group of 50 drivers in the central city of Xiangtan have taken matters into their own hands and set-up their own cab company.
China Labour Bulletin’s Strike Map logged record numbers of strikes and worker protests in the first quarter of this year, with a total of 650 incidents compared to 569 in the previous quarter.
Major improvements in working conditions and hiring practices will be needed if new, younger workers are to join what is currently a dangerous, insecure and poorly paid profession.
For the last decade, Yu Wucang has swept the streets of Guangzhou. He is best known however as a tireless campaigner for better pay and working conditions for his fellow sanitation workers.
In another tragic case of construction industry wage arrears, Han Dongfang talks to the family of a labour contractor who killed himself after being cheated out of 150,000 yuan.
CLB’s new research report on the workers’ movement examines the relationship between workers, the trade union, civil society and the government during a period of rapid socio-economic change