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Items tagged with "state-sector"

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


Worker fights downsizing at Harbin Railway, and demands a democratic union

05 April 2011

Click here to download this introduction in PDF format CLNT_ZhaoDongmin_intro This issue of CLNT … features the blogs of Zhu Chunsheng – a worker activist who since late 2010 has been resisting … the Harbin Passenger Railways efforts to lay-off staff and force remaining employees to sign … illegal contracts with worse conditions. He himself has been laid-off. Zhu claims the enterprise … union has refused to assist workers, and he is now calling for new union elections for real worker


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


Beijing Worker Takes Initiative to Establish Union in Privatized State Enterprise

22 October 2010

Click here to download this introduction in PDF format CLNT_LiuRongli_2_intro In this issue we … document how through the effort of one individual worker in Beijing, Liu Rongli, a small workplace … union branch was set up successfully against all odds. This case demonstrates that there is some … support within the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) for workers to take the initiative … to set up their own union branches, within the parameters of Chinas Trade Union Law. Five years


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


Anti-privatization protests at Tonghua Steel

04 March 2010

Click here to download this introduction in PDF format CLNT_Tonghua_INTRO.pdf One the biggest … events in recent Chinese labor history was the workers protest at the Liaoning Iron and Steel … Plants. In this issue CLNT draws attention to yet another protest that also involved state workers … – the Tonghua Steel protest of 2009 in Changchun City, Jilin Province in northeast China that … was followed by another one in Linzhou Steel in Henan Province. How should we view this new wave of


The dismissal of union chair Liu Yongyi from the Guangdong Federation of Trade Union’s own hotel building

16 June 2009

In this short installment of China Labor News Translations, we bring you the story of the dismissal … of union chair from a hotel building owned by the Guangdong Federation of Trade Unions (GDFTU). This … profoundly ironic and deeply troubling story exploded in the Guangzhou media last month, and in … addition to some excellent reporting, there have been a number of high quality op-ed pieces harshly … criticizing the behavior of hotel management and the trade union. The story of Liu Yongyi, trade


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