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Items tagged with "law"

The Dispatch Labor System in China Questioned

29 September 2011

Click here to download this introduction in PDF format CLNT_strike_law_intro This issue of China … Labor News Translations (CLNT) features three excerpts from published Chinese-language articles on … the labor dispatch system in China. In the past several years, the use of dispatch labor has become … a contentious issue in Chinese labor relations. Under the labor dispatch system, workers sign labor … contracts with labor dispatch agencies and are then dispatched to enterprises that are recruiting


Should China create a law on strike?

20 July 2011

Click here to download this introduction in PDF format CLNT_strike_law_intro Even though strikes … frequently occur across China, the country actually has no law regulating labor strikes. There is no … law permitting strikes, but at the same time there is no law banning them. After the high-profile … strike wave in the automotive sector last year, a small number of public comments were published in … China, online and in the print media, discussing the question of whether or not there should be


Labor lawyer imprisoned in Xi’an for organizing against corrupt privatization of state enterprises

10 January 2011

Click here to download this introduction in PDF format CLNT_ZhaoDongmin_intro Against the backdrop … of Liu Xiaobo being awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, this issue of CLNT highlights the case of … Zhao Dongmin a labor lawyer and Maoist who on 25 October 2010 was sentenced to three years in … prison for applying to set up a workers organisation to monitor the privatization of state … enterprises and alert the authorities about cases of corruption. There are many worker activists and


Migrant workers protest against poorly managed social security reforms in Guangdong

24 March 2010

Click here to download this introduction in PDF format CLNT_tuibao_2010_INTRO.pdf In July 2008, … CLNT provided extensive analysis of how Chinas social security system was failing migrant workers … especially when it comes to old-age pensions. Even though Chinese law requires old-age insurance for … all migrant workers, until recently, the funds in workers insurance account could not be … transferred between different cities and provinces. Hence when migrant workers returned home, or


Chinese Labor NGOs and Free Legal Services Always in a Precarious Situation

26 January 2010

Click here to download this introduction in PDF format CLNT_NGOs_threat_INTRO.pdf This first CLNT … 2010 issue does not bring very good tidings. Fortunately the situation may not be as dire as it … looks. CLNT has in possession two Chinese government documents related to the so-called … professional citizens agents. The first one is a long investigative report issued a year ago in … January 2009 by the Guangdong Provincial Committee on Politics and Law of the Communist Party of


Systematic government theft of migrant workers’ retirement pensions

13 July 2008

By law, Chinese employers are required to contribute to a government-administered retirement … pension scheme for all employees. In theory, it sounds like this provides for some kind of security … for migrant workers in their old age. But there is a catch. Migrant workers are highly mobile. In … Guangdong province, for example, migrant workers only stay for an average of four to six years … (Peoples Daily, 8 January 2008) and in that time they may well move between several different


Labor NGOs in Guangdong Province

07 January 2008

The last two CLNT postings were related to labor NGOs in Guangdong province. The first one was on … how, with the assistance of these grassroots NGOs, workers sometimes are able to receive a large … amount of unpaid wages or compensation for occupational injuries; the second article was on a … vicious physical attack against the head of one of these NGOs. In this issue we have chosen two … articles that provide a more detailed background on these NGOs to enable readers to gain a better


Shenzhen Labor Activist Attacked

06 December 2007

In this issue of China Labor News Translations we offer coverage of a savage attack on November 20 … against grass-roots labor rights advocate Huang Qingnan, of the Dagongzhe Migrant Workers Center, in … the Longgang district of Shenzhen. English language media coverage has begun to appear (for example … in the 11/28/07 Wall Street Journal), as the incident draws international attention. Here CLNT … provides two Chinese articles not otherwise available in English: Succession of Pearl River Delta


A new precedent: Shenzhen furniture factory worker wins two years overtime back pay

14 November 2007

Chinese migrant workers being owed wages is a problem widely recognized in China. It is so common … that we have inadvertently taken it for granted. CLNT is fortunate to have come across a recent case … study that challenges the chronic underpayment of Chinese workers. There are two main ways that … workers are owed wages: 1) underpaid or unpaid overtime; 2) wage arrears for regular work hours. The … problem is so widespread particularly concerning overtime wages – that it has become the


“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


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