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The Bad and the Good of the Wal-Mart ACFTU Collective Agreement

May 18, 2009

The attached document is a translation of the collective agreement in effect between one of the individual unionized Wal-Mart stores in China and the responsible local trade union committee. It represents the template agreement that has been followed by all of the unionized Wal-Mart stores in China since July 2008.

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Ole Wolff (Yantai) Union Struggle Part Two

Mar 10, 2009

A union struggle for union self-determination continues

In October 2008, CLNT covered the case of the Ole Wolff (Yantai) Trade Union, or OWYTU. The case was unique in several ways – the workers’ tenacity in establishing their own union, in choosing their own union leadership, in withstanding employer retaliation, in achieving a sympathetic local profile in the media and in successfully forging solidarity links to the Danish trade union in the employer’s home country.

This edition of CLNT picks up the story as it has developed over the past four months.

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Taxi Drivers Strike and Want To Set Up Their Own Associations

Jan 12, 2009

In this issue of China Labor News Translations, we bring to you an extended article which originally appeared in China Newsweek on 19 November. This “Focus on Taxi Drivers” includes two pieces on taxi driver strikes, one Hainan province’s Sanya and another one in Chongqing in Sichuan province.

Of particular interest has been the organizing methods employed by the drivers, and their demands for the establishment of taxi driver trade unions, or taxi drivers’ associations, to be corporatized into taxi drivers’ shareholding companies.

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Workers fight to save their union activists

Oct 16, 2008

The case of Ole Wolff (Yantai) Electronics Ltd

This case of unusual rank and file union activism in China can be seen as both good and bad news. The good news is that, in the North-Eastern Chinese port city of Yantai there are workers’ willing to struggle for two years for their right to form their own union that will stand up for their rights. The bad news is that this struggle has taken a heavy toll on union activists, at least seven of whom have been fired because of their union activity as part of a persistent and illegal union busting campaign by the company. The company in question is Ole Wolff (Yantai) Electronics Ltd, a Hong Kong and Danish co-owned company that produces cell phone speakers, receivers and other electronic productions. Ole Wolff Yantai is owned by Ole Wolff (Asia) in Hong Kong, and the latter in turn owned by Ole Wolff Electronics. Also unprecedented is that these activists have directly sought help from a foreign trade union, in this case a few Danish trade unions. Almost unbelievable is that *the story of this protracted struggle has been widely covered sympathetically by the local media, the ACFTU’s Workers’ Daily, China Central Television and Central People’s Radio in Shandong Province and OWYTU’s own excellent website.

CLNT has translated numerous accounts of the brave and persistent activism on the part of OWYTU leaders, to assist international trade unions – especially from Denmark – rally together in solidarity with trade union activists at Ole Wolff.

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Promising Wal-Mart Trade Union Chair Resigns Over Collective Contract Negotiations

Sep 22, 2008

Disappointing news emerged on 17 September, that Gao Haitao – the only known Wal-Mart trade union leader to have actively stood up for his members’ interests, and the hero of Wal-Mart workers in the nation – has resigned from his position out of frustration over Wal-Mart’s refusal to enter into genuine collective bargaining.

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