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As NPC opens in Beijing, China’s workers don’t feel even moderately prosperous

China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) finally opens in Beijing tomorrow after a two-month delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
21 May 2020

China’s official youth unemployment rate hits 13.8 percent in April

China’s urban unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percent in April to stand at 6.0 percent, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced today. It was the third month in a row that the rate has stayed around six percent after jumping sharply in February.
15 May 2020

China’s unemployment rate eases slightly in March to 5.9 percent

China’s urban unemployment rate eased slightly in March, declining by 0.3 percentage points to 5.9 percent from a high of 6.2 percent in February, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced today.
17 April 2020

Workers in limbo as authorities struggle for a coherent coronavirus policy

The government's need to get the economy moving again while controlling the spread of Covid-19 has left workers uncertain of whether or not they can return to work and the dangers they face if they do.
20 February 2020

I Swallowed an Iron Moon: The enduring legacy of worker poet Xu Lizhi

Xu Lizhi died five years ago today. He left behind a remarkable body of work that chronicles not only his own frustrations and unhappiness but those of millions of other workers across China.
30 September 2019

China’s unemployment rate jumps in July as graduates enter the job market

China’s urban unemployment rate increased by 0.2 percentage points last month to stand at 5.3 percent at the end of July.
14 August 2019

Will China’s new job creation program really benefit workers?

In response to the slowing economy and the threat of higher unemployment, China has vowed to put “employment first” and create around 11 million new jobs this year.
20 March 2019

Understanding and resolving the fundamental problems in China’s construction industry

In our latest research report, we analyse the deeply ingrained and systemic problems affecting workers in China’s construction industry and suggest a way forward in the future.
18 March 2019

Pension contribution rates for employers across China cut to 16 percent

The pension contribution rate of employers in China will be reduced from a ceiling of 20 percent to 16 percent of the overall wage bill, as part of a wide-ranging package of new measures designed to ease the burden on small and medium-sized enterprises.
06 March 2019

Trade war has little impact so far on factory worker protests in China

Four months in, there has been a lot of talk about the Sino-US trade war but so far there has been no commensurate increase in collective action by China’s factory workers.
14 November 2018
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