Corporate and Social Responsibility is steadily gaining acceptance in China, but for CSR to effectively protect workers rights it must encourage the active participation of workers in the process. Photo by Photograffiti Shanghai
Global retail giant Wal-Mart plans to sign collective labour contracts at all of its more than one hundred outlets in China by the end of September, according to the official Chinese media. Photo by firstname.lastname@example.org
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HONG KONG – We've come to know "the China Price" as the mark of the cheapest goods in the world, dreaded by competing manufacturers, irresistible to buyers.
By Tom Mitchell in Hong Kong
Published: July 25 2008 03:00 | Last updated: July 25 2008 03:00
Wal-Mart, the US retail giant known for fending off organised labour in its home market, has completed collective bargaining agreements with unions in two Chinese cities.
The lack of legal compulsion and the impotence of many enterprise level trade unions are making the implementation of the Chinese government's collective wage consultation system an uphill struggle, union officials in the central city of Luoyang have conceded. Photo by Saad Akhtar@flickr.com
Inflationary pressure has forced Shenzhen to raise the minimum wage, already the highest in China, by 20 percent to the unprecedented level of 1,000 yuan a month. However, simply raising the minimum wage will not be enough to guarantee workers even a basic standard of living.
To mark the implementation of China’s new Labour Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Law, CLB publishes a new report on the numerous problems that remain in China’s labyrinthine and often bewildering labour arbitration and court system for workers seeking redress for violations of their rights.
Guangdong trade union officials have publicly acknowledged that the most effective way to protect workers' wages is through direct negotiations between labour and management. Will their actions match their words?