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CLB provides detailed analysis and expert commentary on major labour rights issues in China. In this section, we aim to give readers a greater understanding of and insights into the stories behind the headlines, as well as highlight issues of concern for workers in China.

A week after the massive explosion at a factory in Kunshan that killed at least 75 workers and injured 185 others, a reporter from China Youth Daily travelled to Songxiaozhuang, a small village in the heartland of China that was intimately connected with the factory. Photo. Remko Tanis.
No one talks about the Tonghua Incident much these days but it is important to mark the anniversary, if only to remind us of how far the workers’ movement in China has come. Photo of sunset in Jilin by CLB.
The Sumida trade union election was flawed but it still represented an important step in the journey of China’s workers in their bid to reclaim the union.Photo by onekell
Meng Han spent nine months in jail after fighting for the rights of his co-workers at a Guangzhou hospital. He now wants to help nurture a new generation of workers’ leaders in China.
Taxi drivers in Dongguan got some relief after a city-wide strike in May but lacked a trade union that could put pressure on the cab companies and local government to address their grievances.
As the Yue Yuen strike died down at the end of April, the labour activist Xiaoqiu talked to a 15-year veteran at the factory about pay and working conditions, the reasons for the strike and what the future holds for the thousands of middle-aged workers who gave their youth to the company.
China Labour Bulletin issued a statement on 16 May 2014 in response to the continuing efforts of the Hong Kong business community to derail passage of the Guangdong provincial government’s Draft Regulations on Enterprise Collective Consultations and Collective Contracts.
CLB's Communications Director, Geoffrey Crothall says the rise in the number of strikes and employee protests across China is one consequence of a changing workforce, and both the official trade union and businesses must adapt
China’s Southern Weekend newspaper talks to the previously unheralded trade union chairman who stood up for his members and did battle with the world’s largest retailer, Walmart.
Accident and death rates in China’s coal mines are coming down but this does not necessarily mean the mines are any safer. Coal prices are at a six year low and production is being cut back. What happens when prices rise again? Photograph by Peter Parks/AFP.


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