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Two major strikes over the last two weeks have shown that some local governments and managements have still not learnt important lessons from the privatization of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) at the turn of the century. The protests at the state-owned Golden Emperor Group textile plant in Chongqing’s Fuling district on 13 and 14 April, and the former state-owned Yimian textile factory in Baoding, Hebei, in the first week of April erupted for precisely the same reasons as in the majority of SOE privatization disputes a decade ago: wages arrears, inadequate compensation for lay offs and the misappropriation of assets by management.
The global economic crisis has prompted several Chinese officials to make short-sighted comments. However, none have been more damaging than ACFTU Vice-Chair Sun Chunlan’s claim that the union needs to guard against hostile forces infiltrating the ranks of migrant workers. Photo by Saad Akhtar.
China Labour Bulletin appears in the following article. Copyright remains with the original publisher.
China Labour Bulletin appears in the following article. Copyright remains with the original publisher. DECEMBER 21, 2008, 11:10 P.M. ET By Shai Oster CHAOZHOU, China -- As China's economy stalls, rising public unrest has bubbled up in a series of labor strikes across the country.
A significant feature of this month’s taxi strikes has been the swift and usually conciliatory response of the local government. However, short-term government intervention cannot provide a lasting solution to the problems of excessive fees and unlicensed cabs. Photo of Chongqing taxi by DCF pics @ flickr.com
China has pushed through a series of emergency measures to protect jobs and stabilize the economy in the wake of factory closures and mass layoffs. The ACFTU is urging employers and employees to work together. Photograph by Bert van Dijk
The majority of strikes and worker protests in China are ignored by the official media. However, the Chongqing cab strike last week was just too big to ignore, both for the local government and the national media.
More than 70 buses blocked the entrance to Chengdu’s Baihua Centre Bus Station on 1 November 2008 as drivers from the Wenjiang Guanghua Bus Co. staged a one day strike demanding wage increases, CLB has learned.
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