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Items tagged with "foreign-companies"

Guangzhou and US unions discuss the politics of global supply chains: is this an example of constructive engagement?

18 September 2010

Click here to download this introduction in PDF format CLNT_GZ_SanFrancisco_collaboration_intro.pdf … One big debate in the international trade union movement in the past two decades has been whether to … engage with the All-China Federation of Trade Union (ACFTU). As a union under the control of the … Chinese Communist Party, one camp has argued for no engagement. The camp that supports engagement … argued that in this enormous organization there must be some trade unionists who stood with labor,

http://www.clntranslations.org/article/58/guangzhou-union


Chinese responses to Foxconn suicides

03 June 2010

Click here to download this introduction in PDF format CLNT_Foxconn_intro.pdf Foxconn has been … notorious amongst Chinese labor activists for years. Its enormous size, the strict discipline … imposed on its employees and its cramped dormitories with 3-tiered bunk beds make it stand out from … other Chinese IT factories not to mention the fact that it is the biggest manufacturer of … electronic and computer components in the world. But never has this Taiwanese corporate giant had to

http://www.clntranslations.org/article/55/foxconn


Workers Challenge "Privatization for the Elite"

09 May 2010

Click here to download this introduction in PDF format CLNT_LiuRongli_intro.pdf Since the second … half of the 1990s, China has been through waves of privatization of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) … in a drive to pave the way for a market economy. Previous issues of CLNT have focused on state … workers resistance to such cases of privatization such as the recent Tonghua Steel incident. This … issue will look at an interesting case where an ordinary worker has been persistently and creatively

http://www.clntranslations.org/article/54/liu-rongli


Chinese students go undercover to investigate Coca Cola

16 September 2009

Student beaten by manager when he asked for his wages CLNT Editorial: 16 September 2009 Click here … to download this editorial in PDF format. This may make footnotes easier to read! CLNT Coca Cola … editorial In this issue of CLNT, instead of providing a translated article as usual, we bring you … the latest news from an unusual and groundbreaking campaign by mainland Chinese student activists, … in support of workers at Coca Cola bottling plants. In August 2008, students from several mainland

http://www.clntranslations.org/article/41/chinese-students-go-undercover-to-investigate-coca-cola


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

18 May 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. To put this agreement in global perspective, there is not a single collective … agreement at any Wal-Mart store in the USA, while in Canada the only existing agreement covering 180

http://www.clntranslations.org/article/38/wal-mart-contract


Ole Wolff (Yantai) Union Struggle Part Two

10 March 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 employers home country. For

http://www.clntranslations.org/article/37/ole-wolff-2


Workers fight to save their union activists

16 October 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

http://www.clntranslations.org/article/35/workers-fight-to-save-their-union-activists


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

22 September 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-Marts refusal to … enter into genuine collective bargaining. On 14 July this year, the All China Federation of Trade … Unions (ACFTU) concluded the first collective union contract with Wal-Mart, in Shenyang city, in the

http://www.clntranslations.org/article/34/promising-wal-mart-trade-union-chair-resigns-over-collective-contract-negotiations


The Chinese Trade Union’s Big Rush to Set Up Unions in Fortune 500 Companies

20 August 2008

Two years after the All China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) accomplished a breakthrough to set … up workplace unions in Wal-Mart stores, on 11 June this year, after holding a meeting in Beijing, it … announced that it would immediately launch a campaign to set up unions in at least 80 percent of the … Fortune 500 company headquarters and branches. Up until now only some 50 percent of these companies … have unions. This means that, including unions in these companys branches, more than 10,000

http://www.clntranslations.org/article/33/the-chinese-trade-unions-big-rush-to-set-up-unions-in-fortune-500-companies


The Emergence of Real Trade Unionism in Wal-Mart Stores

04 May 2008

The trade unions in Chinese Wal-Mart stores are often dismissed as hollow shells set up by the All … China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) without workers involvement. But through monitoring … Chinese media and online blog discussions among Chinese Wal-Mart employees, CLNT has found workers … who take an active interest in their store union, and at least in one case, of an elected rank and … file trade union chair using the trade union platform to actively defend workers interests. While

http://www.clntranslations.org/article/30/draft


Shunda Factory’s Rigged Trade Union Election

19 March 2008

CLNT has just secured a report from a production line worker, Worker Ye (a pseudonym) at the Shunda … factory which was the subject of CLNTs August 2007 posting, Democratic Trade Union Election in … Reebok Supplier Factory: Five Year Update. Ye reports that the Shunda union re-election took place … in October 2007 and that it was rigged. Candidates running for the union committee were … overwhelmingly supervisors and managers, and the positions of trade union chair, deputy chair and

http://www.clntranslations.org/article/29/shunda-factorys-rigged-trade-union-election


Democratic Trade Union election in Reebok Supplier Factory: Five Year Update

25 August 2007

Peter Lee, an independent labour researcher and activist in China’s Fujian province has … provided us with a rare insight into the mid to long-term effects of so-called Corporate Social … Responsibility (CSR) projects adopted by major Western brands in an attempt to improve working … conditions in their supply factories. Lee’s is not the first critique of such CSR programs, … but it is possibly the first to chart their mid- to long-term effects in China. Peter Lee’s

http://www.clntranslations.org/article/24/democratic-trade-union-election-in-reebok-supplier-factory-five-year-update


First KFC Trade Union Branch Established

13 August 2007

In March this year KFC, McDonalds and Pizza Hut were discovered by reporters of a Chinese newspaper … to be paying illegally low wages to their part-time and casual work-study students in Guangzhou … City (see CLNT posting Western Fast Food Chains violate minimum wage laws). After much outcry … from the public the issue fizzled out after a month because the two companies were able to make use … of a loophole in the Chinese legal system that exempts work-study students from the jurisdiction

http://www.clntranslations.org/article/22/first-kfc-trade-union-branch-established


“Western Fast Food” chains violate minimum wage laws

26 May 2007

Discussion about workers rights and Labor Law in China has again come to focus on large … multi-national companies. In February this year, a few journalists from Guangzhous New Express on … their own initiative went to investigate working conditions at McDonalds, KFC and Pizza Hut. … Several of them posed as students and worked at several facilities. They found that all three … fast-food outlets were seriously underpaying their part-time employees. Under Chinese law, part-time

http://www.clntranslations.org/article/17/western-fast-food-chains-violate-minimum-wage-laws


Trade Unions at Wal-Mart and Foxconn

21 March 2007

The ACFTU uses new grassroots organizing techniques to take on resistant foreign enterprises This … first round of translations from China Labor News Translations includes three Chinese newspaper … articles, all related to recent trade union development in China. They report the All-China … Federation of Trade Union’s (ACFTU’s) now famous campaign to establish trade union … branches in Wal-Mart and Foxconn. 1. ‘Labors’ Breakthrough at Wal-Mart 2. Talks between

http://www.clntranslations.org/article/4/wal-mart


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