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Items tagged with "international-solidarity"

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


Dagongzhe Migrant Workers’ Centre fights on despite violent attack

15 December 2009

Click here to download this introduction in PDF format CLNT_Dagongzhe_INTRO.pdf It has been two … years since labor activist Huang Qingnan almost lost his leg to a machete attack on 20 November … 2007. The founder and registered person of the Dagongzhe Migrant Worker Centre in Shenzhen was … attacked in broad daylight for his work educating migrant workers about their legal rights and … assisting them take their disputes to court. Chinese labor rights NGOs in Shenzhen are accustomed to


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


“Change to Win” delegates visit China

18 June 2007

This May a delegation of leaders representing the American labor federation Change to Win (CtW) … made a groundbreaking visit to China to engage in high level talks with representatives from the All … China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU). Members of the CtW delegation included CtW Chair Anna … Burger, CtW Executive Director Greg Tarpinian, CtW Secretary-Treasurer and UNITE HERE Executive Vice … President Edgar Romney, Teamsters President James P. Hoffa, President of the UFW Arturo Rodriguez,


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