While environmentalists are hailing the drop in China’s coal production last year, it is the country’s miners who are feeling the immediate impact, with mines closing down and wages withheld for months on end.
Just five days after the Chinese government announced ground-breaking reforms to the country’s pension system, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security has stated that both wages and pensions for public sector employees will go up in order to compensate for any losses caused by the reform plan.
For the last decade, Yu Wucang has swept the streets around Beijing Road in downtown Guangzhou. He is best known however as a tireless campaigner for better pay and working conditions for his fellow sanitation workers.
What rights do workers have under the law? How is the law enforced? And what is the role of the trade union etc? CLB provides succinct answers to 12 frequently asked questions about labour relations in China. Photo: Walmart workers dispute April 2014.
Following the suicide of worker poet Xu Lizhi in September, a new anthology celebrating his life and work will come out this year. Xu was 24-years-old when he died. Photo Southern Weekend.
Han Dongfang talks to the family of an injured labourer struggling to get compensation from an employer that blatantly ignored the law. Photograph by LJ @flickr.com
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