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Han Dongfang talks to two workers with different views on the strike over low pay and bonuses at the Dynacast automotive components plant in Shanghai in May this year.
A nearly two-year-long slump in China’s coal industry is forcing miners to get organized and start taking action.Photo from Sina Weibo: Workers at the Zijin Mining Co in Hebei on strike 26 March.
About 100 workers and supporters crammed into the tiny Henggang Labour Arbitration Court in Shenzhen on 25 July to hear a complaint filed by 73 employees of GCL Footwear who were sacked after taking part in a strike.
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.
More than 200 striking workers at Taiwanese-owned QLT Golf Supplies in Shenzhen (奇利田高尔夫用品 (深圳) 有限公司) went back to work today after negotiations with management on 22 July.
On the morning of 17 July 2014, Zhou Jianrong, a 49-year-old worker at the GCL Footwear factory in Shenzhen, jumped to her death from the top of a four-storey workshop inside the factory complex. Zhou Jianrong’s husband and daughter, together with her co-workers, gather at the scene of the tragedy on the evening of 17 July.
The Yue Yuen shoe factory in Dongguan, site of the largest strike in China in recent memory, will be the nucleus of efforts by the Guangdong Federation of Trade Unions to institute a system of democratic trade union elections across the province within the next five years.
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 @flickr.com.
By eschewing the role of dissident, organizers allow the Communist Party to respond either favorably or neutrally to their actions, rather than repressing them.
An arbitration committee in the central city of Changde has formally rejected a compensation claim by Walmart employees who were laid off by the company following a store closure in March.

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