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Items tagged with "trade-union"

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


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


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,


The Nanhai Honda strike and the union

18 July 2010

Click here to download this introduction in PDF format CLNT_Honda_intro.pdf One of the most … interesting dimensions of the recent strikes at three Honda auto components factories in the Pearl … River Delta region has been workers clearly articulated demand for their enterprise unions to be … elected by and accountable to workers. Their demands are uncommon, but not unprecedented. Back in … 2006, workers at the Ole Wolff electronics factory fought for a workers elected union in Yantai.


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 Wenling Model: an experiment in trade-wide collective bargaining

21 October 2009

Click here to download this introduction in PDF format … http://www.clntranslations.org/file_download/89 Much is written about the trade union in China, but … how much do we know about how it actually operates inside workplaces, and how it negotiates with … private enterprises over wages and conditions for workers? The Wal-Mart company-wide collective … bargaining agreement was one such insight into the All China Federation of Trades Unions (ACFTU)


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


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


Taxi Drivers Strike and Want To Set Up Their Own Associations

12 January 2009

Download this introduction in PDF format CLNT_taxi_strike_INTRO In this issue of China Labor News … Translations, we bring to you an extended article which originally appeared in China Newsweek on 19 … November. This Focus on Taxi Drivers includes two pieces on taxi driver strikes, one Hainan … provinces Sanya and another one in Chongqing in Sichuan province. In November and early December, … there was an astonishing outbreak of strike activity among taxi drivers throughout China. While this


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


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


Cleaners want a union to protect their rights

07 May 2007

11 rubbish workers in BaoAn district in outer Shenzhen have announced to their boss that they want … to start a union at their workplace. The initiative came from a 56 year old man, who has been … involved in a union before at a garment factory where he worked as a warehouse manager. In one day, … he rallied together 10 of his co-workers – four men and six women, with an average age of 50 … years and very little formal education. Five of them are illiterate. According to this very brief


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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