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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,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


“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


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


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