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Ford “shocked” to discover bribery in China

It is possible that Ford managers were unaware of the problem but the fact that some workers in China are paying cash for good positions at major corporations really should not come as a surprise to anyone.

Civil service jobs lose their allure as low pay and crackdown on corruption takes hold

“When I grow up, I want to be a corrupt official. Corrupt officials get lots of presents.” Five years ago, this famously was the dream of a six-year-old primary school student in Guangzhou. Today, it seems the prospect of becoming a corrupt official is not quite as attractive as it once was.

Voices from the frontline: The growing problem of violence in China’s hospitals

Following the vicious attack on a 28-year-old nurse at a Nanjing hospital last month, healthcare workers in that city discuss what needs to be done.

Searching for the healthcare workers’ union

After yet more violent assaults on doctors and nurses in China, the issue of hospital workers’ safety is once again in the headlines. However, no one seems to be asking what the trade union at China’s hospitals is doing to protect its members.

Police in Dongguan target sex workers in massive face-saving operation

Police in Dongguan arrested 67 people yesterday, just a few hours after national broadcaster China Central Television exposed the extent of the sex industry in the city and the lack of any police efforts to control it.

Shenzhen officials investigating child labour just go through the motions

The Shenzhen authorities have now investigated last month’s media exposé of child labour in the city and have made their determination. However, the punishment handed down to the two factories involved is unlikely to scare off other employers in the future.

Time for real action to combat child labour in China

Whenever the Chinese media exposes a case of child labour, a fairly predictable pattern unfolds: commentators express surprise and outrage, government officials promise to investigate, the children are “rescued” and sent back home. Then the story is forgotten about – until the next exposé, when the whole process starts again.

China’s workers take to the international stage

The third World Congress of the Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) trade union took place in Bangkok earlier this month. And for first time ever, nine Chinese workers joined the meeting to share their fighting spirit with hundreds of colleagues from around the world.

Guangdong’s factory recruiters forced to cast their nets even wider

Major factories in Guangdong are now recruiting 40-year-olds in a bid to keep their production lines running. Service providers such as banks and telecoms companies however can still afford to stipulate ridiculous limits on age and gender in hiring new staff.

The making of a labour activist

During his 18 years working in the moulding industry in Guangdong, Guan Dongwei never really thought of himself as labour activist. “I used to care little about things other than my income and the welfare of my family,” he said.

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