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On continuing strikes, reforms to the taxi sector, the NPC and more
In this episode, William, Geoff, and Jennifer discuss continued strikes in February, reforms to the taxi sector, the status of women in China, and some proposals currently before the NPC.

On two collective cases, shifting legal fees, and Apple
In this podcast, William and Geoff discuss two new collective cases, how shifting legal fees to negligent employers may help workers, and problems at Apple.

China's vocational schools and the state of the labour market in Shenzhen
William Nee and Geoffrey Crothall discuss CLB's new study of the vocational school system in China and the exploitation of interns, while Jennifer Cheung talks about her latest trip to a job fair across the border in Shenzhen.

On CLB's most recent research report Unity is Strength: The Workers' movement in China 2009-2011
In this podcast, Geoffrey Crothall and William Nee discuss CLB's report on the state of the workers' movement, a legal case in which 75 Sichuan miners sued the government, and Han Dongfang's recent op-ed.

On a wave of transport strikes...and more
In this podcast, William Nee and CLB's Chinese Website Editor Jennifer Chueng discuss recent taxi strikes, the closing of migrant worker schools in Beijing, and a conference on pneumoconiosis at Hong Kong University.

On chengguan, a migrant workers' museum in Guangzhou, and more
In this podcast, Geoff and William discuss China's least liked workers: chengguan. We also talk about a controversial proposal to build a migrant workers musuem in Guangzhou, and three recent mining accidents.

Finally, we encourage listeners to check out China Labor Watch's new report about conditions in the electronics industry -- Tragedies of Globalization: The Truth Behind Electronics Sweatshops.

On Han Dongfang's recent op-ed and CLB's newest report on chinese workers in Japan
In this episode, William and Geoff discuss CLB executive director Han Dongfang's op-ed in the Guardian, which urged the international trade union movement to engage with the ACFTU. Also, we discuss our recent research report: "Throwaway Labour: the exploitation of Chinese "trainees" in Japan".

Heilongjiang worker's struggle mirrors tragic Jiangxi case
In this podcast, William and Geoff discuss a worker's twelve year battle for justice, and its parallels with the recent tragedy in Jiangxi. We also discuss some of the problems young white collar workers face in China, including the difficulty in setting up unions, and the tough job market.

Intro music by Dick Gaughan.

Trucking Strike in Shanghai and more...
In this podcast, William and Geoff discuss the recent truckers strike in Shanghai, Han Dongfang's op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times article on the China's chaotic trucking industry, and  a fire in a factory in Beijing that killed 18 workers.  (Faded out music by the Grateful Dead).

Will Chinese workers get the right to strike? Also, collective bargaining at Honda, and more
In this episode, William and Geoffrey discuss proposals at the NPC to give workers the right to strike. We also mention collective bargaining at the Honda plant in Foshan, another tragic coalmine disaster in Guizhou, and Geoff's recent on the ground observations from Dongguan. (Intro music by Dick Gaughan).

A discussion on CLB's newest report: Hired on Sufferance: China's Migrant Workers in Singapore
In this episode, William and Geoff re-cap some of the main points from CLB's newest research report: Hired on Sufferance: China's Migrant Workers in Singapore.

On criminalizing non-payment of wages, China's empty work-related injury rehabilitation centres, and more...
In this podcast, William and Geoff discuss CLB's call to criminalize the willful non-payment of wages, the many un-used work-related rehabilitation centres in China, and William's blog.

Top 5 Labour News Stories in China in 2010
William and Geoff re-cap the top 5 news stories of 2010.

In this episode, we mention:

The China Media Project

China Labor News Translations

SACOM



Forced labour in Xinjiang, a deadly stabbing in Jilin, and Hunan workers fight for justice
William Nee and Geoffrey Crothall discuss a forced labour case in Xinjiang, a worker who stabbed his boss after repeatedly being denied his back wages, and Hunan workers who are striving for justice.  We also encourage readers to look at some of the China Media Project's top stories of 2010.

On coal mine safety, wages in Guangdong, and more
In this podcast, William Nee, Geoffrey Crothall, and Jeremie Beja discuss CLB's most recent attempts to help improve coal mine safety, wages in Guangdong, and Jeremie's take on the recent taxi strikes. 

On wages in China, agricultural workers in Inner Mongolia, child labour and new media.
In this podcast, we discuss wages in China, strikes, agricultural workers in Inner Mongolia, child labour and new media.

On the imprisonment of Zhao Dongmin, CLB's newest research report, the Chilean mine rescue, and Liu Xiaobo
In this episode, William and Geoff discuss the arrest of Zhao Dongmin, CLB's newest report, the Chilean mine rescue, and Liu Xiaobo. 

Hong Kong industries lobby against labour reform
William Nee and Geoffrey Crothall discuss how Hong Kong industries have teamed up to lobby against labour reform in Guangdong province. We also mention CLB's actions that helped counter this influence. Finally, we talk about how the government's new policy of forcing coal mine bosses into mine shafts to promote safety doesn't seem to be working all that well.  We also mention the massive 100 km traffic jam, in which some drivers were stuck for over 10 days.

On the Ruan Libin case, migrant workers in Guangdong, and more
In this episode, William, Geoff, and Denise talk about a shocking expose of dangerous working conditions at the Wal-Mart supplier Elec-tech, as reported in the Global Times.  Denise talks about her recent trip to Guangdong, where she talked with workers.  We mention two new "Worker's Voices" articles, and an article in Apple Daily, which states that Hong Kong employers organizations are lobbying against the draft Regulations on the Democratic Management of Enterprises in Guangdong....
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.

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.



An update on the Xiao Huazhong case, a new workers survey in Shenzhen, and more on the Honda strikes
In this episode, Geoffrey Crothall gives an update on the Xiao Huazhong case.  William Nee and Geoffrey discuss an interesting new survey of migrant workers in Shenzhen, and a bit more on the Honda Strikes.



On Chinese workers in Singapore, the latest at Foxconn, and a new social welfare plan in Chongqing
In this episode, Aris Chan discusses her recent visit to investigate the status of migrant workers in Singapore.  Geoffrey Crothall talks about his recent trip to Shenzhen where he chatted with Foxconn workers.  And William Nee briefly introduces a new plan by the Chongqing government aimed at addressing livelihood issues.  

On strikes at Honda and Toyota factories, plus a discussion about the changing demographics of the workforce
In this episode, William Nee and Geoffrey Crothall discuss the Honda and Toyota strikes, worker anger, trainees, the role of the union, and the new attitude of young migrant workers.

On the Honda strikes and Foxconn
In this podcast Geoffrey Crothall and William Nee discuss the recent strikes at the Honda plant (and in other areas of China like Shanghai and  Xi'an, ), and the recent controversies surrounding Foxconn



On Foxconn, the "ant tribe" in Beijing, Kunming regulations, and a new study on employment discrimination in Shenzhen
In this episode, William Nee and Geoffrey Crothall discuss the recent string of suicides at Foxconn, the SACOM report "Dying Young: Suicide & China's booming economy",  slated demolition of villages in Beijing, a new set of Kunming regulations, and a study on employment discrimination in Shenzhen

A re-cap of CLB's new research report on China's #1 occupational health problem: pneumoconiosis
In this episode, William Nee and Geoffrey Crothall discuss CLB's most recent report: "The Hard Road: Seeking justice for victims of pneumoconiosis in China".

Sentencing in the Tonghua incident, the coal mine miracle rescue, and Han Han.
In this episode, William Nee and Geoffrey Crothall talk about the sentencing to life in prison for one of the suspects in the Tonghua incident.  We also talk about  the coal mine miracle rescue, and the short listing of Han Han as one of the "most influential people in the world" by Time Magazine.

We also mention CLB's director Han Dongfang's interview with two workers at Lucky Gem who contracted pneumoconiosis while working there.


A discussion about Apple's Supplier Report, CSR, and the "labour famine"
In this episode, William Nee and Geoff Crothall discuss the controversy surrounding Apple's report on its suppliers and other issues related to corporate and social responsibility.  Also, Geoff talks about his recent trip to Guangdong to assess China's so-called "labour famine".  We also mention a joint op-ed by 13 mainland newspapers to reform the hukou system.

Also, we encourage our listeners to check out Radio Labour and Shanghai Scrap (and apologies for the mispronunciation!)

A discussion about increasing wages, a nationwide "labour famine", and community teachers
In this episode, William Nee and Geoffrey Crothall discuss recent protests in Suzhou, the "labour famine", rising wages, the "ant tribe" and the difficulty in securing justice for community teachers

Also, check out Radio Labour

A discussion about a recent Liaowang article, a protest in Suzhou, and more
In this episode, William Nee and Geoffrey Crothall talk about a recent Liaowang article that might give hints as to what labour developments we can expect to see in 2010.  We discuss a massive protest in Suzhou (available at Youtube, in Chinese). 

Also, we hope listeners will check out China Labor News Translation's most recent article on "citizen agents", and the newly-launched "Solidarity News".  
 

A Sexual Harassment Case in Guangzhou and More
William Nee and Geoff Crothall discuss a sexual harassment case in Guangzhou, an American company that is threatening to pull out some of its business operations from Shenzhen due to unpaid wages, and a sharp increase in labour disputes in Beijing.  (Music by Dick Gaughan).

The coal industry in China
In this podcast, we take a look at some of the recent coal mining disasters (here, here, and here), and we look at how coal mining safety can be improved.

Teachers Strike in Chengdu, a breakthrough in anti-HBV discrimination, and the ACFTU moves to strengthen SOE unions
In this podcast, William Nee and Geoff Crothall discuss a teachers strike in Chengdu, a breakthrough in anti-HBV discrimination legal work, and the ACFTU's recent moves to strengthen enterprise unions in SOEs.

Chongqing ganster accused of manipulating last year's taxi strikes, and more
In this episode, William Nee and Geoffrey Crothall discuss how the Chongqing government has blamed last year's massive taxi strikes on a lone gangster, Dongguan's crackdown on grassroots labour advocates, and the "settling of accounts" in Tonghua case.  

The Government takes steps to end HBV Discrimination and the status of Cantonese in Shenzhen
In this podcast, William Nee discusses the government's announcement that it plans to end obligatory HBV health checks for workers and students, and William and Aris Chan talk about the status of Cantonese in Shenzhen among the children of migrant workers. 

Also mentioned in this podcast is the first successful litigation of HBV employment discrimination in China, and HBV discrimination at Beijing University

A wrap-up of the Xiao Huazhong case and more
William Nee and Geoff Crothall discuss how authorities in Sichuan are giving dying coal miner Xiao Huazhong a Kafka-esque run around, a survey of sex workers in Wuhan, and Cai Chongguo's vision for addressing ethnic tension in Xinjiang. (2 October 2009).

"Workers' Song" by Dick Gaughan.

  

A discussion about occupational illness, Shaoguan, and LeBron’s visit to China
In this episode, William Nee and Geoffrey Crothall discuss Zhang Haichao’s heroic struggle to win compensation in his pneumoconiosis case, how the city of Shaoguan is doing after recent ethnic riots, and LeBron’s recent trip to China. (Music by Dick Gaughan).

A re-cap of the Tonghua incident and other news
In this podcast, William Nee and Geoff Crothall discuss some of the recent topics on the CLB website, such as the Tonghua incident, unsanitary conditions at construction sites, and the increase in labour disputes. “Worker’s Song” by Dick Gaughan.

A Discussion About “Going it Alone: The Workers' Movement Report 2007-2008”
In this podcast, William Nee and Geoff Crothall, CLB’s English Website Editor, discuss the report “Going it Alone: The Workers' Movement Report 2007-2008”.

Intro music courtesy of sleeperspaceborn.

A wrap-up of the “Children of Migrant Workers”
In this podcast, we finish looking at the report the “Children of Migrant Workers in China”. (Music courtesy of wellman).

The Children of Migrant Workers in the Cities
In this podcast, we continue to discuss the report “Children of Migrant Workers”, and we explore what it is like for migrant workers who grow up in the cities in terms of health care and education.

Left-behind Children
Due to economic circumstances and government policies, many migrant workers can’t bring their kids to live with them in the cities, and instead, they have to little choice but to leave them in their hometowns, often to be looked after by a relative or friend. In this podcast, we take a brief look at living conditions for the 58 million “left-behind” children in China.

An Introduction to China Labour Bulletin
In this first podcast, we talk about why we decided to launch a podacst, as well as talking about who CLB is and what CLB does.

CLB's First Podcast
In this initial podcast, we talk about why we decided to launch a podacst, as well as talking about who CLB is and what CLB does.

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CLB's First Podcast
In this initial podcast, we talk about who CLB is, what CLB does, and we give an introduction to one of CLB’s latest reports- The Children of Migrant Workers.

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