A compelling portrait of migrant worker life in the Pearl River Delta shows that while conditions have improved for some factory workers, for others, that change has come too late. Photograph by Renon-san.
More than a thousand workers at Sanyo Huaqiang Laser Electronics in Shenzhen’s Longhua district staged a one day strike last week over working conditions and a planned merger with a factory in another district in downtown Shenzhen.
Next month, amid the usual hoopla, Apple is expected to officially unveil its latest gadget: the much-awaited iPhone 4G. But halfway round the globe from the company's California headquarters, a young worker who has spent months in an eastern Chinese hospital wants consumers to look beyond the shiny exterior of such gadgets.
CLB's new research report on the workers' movement was published on July 9 2009.
The Wall Street Journal's China Journal and Reuters both gave the report prominent coverage, see below. While the trade union website Labour Start made the report one of its top stories for the week.
In January 2009, a young man working in Shanghai returned to his home village in Anhui for the Spring Festival. He recorded his observations in a blog, which sheds light on the life facing the millions of rural migrants returning home after losing their jobs in the cities. Photo of rural Anhui by Toby Simkin
China Labour Bulletin appears in the following article. Copyright remains with the original publisher.
China's women have legal protection against workplace discrimination—at least in theory, they say.
China Labour Bulletin appears in the following article. Copyright remains with the original publisher.By Tom Mitchell in Dongguan and Patti Waldmeir in Shanghai
Published: February 8 2009 16:57 | Last updated: February 8 2009 16:57
Shenzhen’s new residence card has been heralded in the official Chinese media as an important step towards the elimination of discrimination against migrant workers. CLB contends that it is little more than a cosmetic exercise that only really benefits the police. Photograph by 2dogs @ flickr.com