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Food delivery drivers forced to work in extreme weather shows absence of regulation

The dreadful working conditions of Chinese food delivery drivers returned to the spotlight in August, as many workers reported that they were forced to take orders during a tropical storm, when demand for food delivery surged.
06 September 2019

Sanitation worker protests escalate in China over the summer

The summer months can be particularly difficult for sanitation workers in China. They have to work long hours with little rest in excessive heat for minimal pay, and are often owed wages in arrears and denied basic benefits such as the high temperature allowance. There have been at least eight strikes and protests by sanitation workers in cities across China since 1 May this year, accounting for ten percent of all service sector incidents recorded on CLB’s Strike Map.
13 August 2019

China’s workers’ movement will continue despite crackdown on labour activists

China will mark May Day this year with around 50 labour activists in some form of detention. CLB reiterates its call for the release of all activists and an end to the crackdown.
30 April 2019

Sanitation workers are out on strike again in China

China’s sanitation workers were back in the news again last month, staging protests over low pay and benefits in three cities; Shanghai, Liuzhou in Guangxi and Taiyuan in Shanxi.
06 April 2018

Agency workers at SOEs take action demanding equal pay

Agency workers deserve equal pay by law but almost never get it despite strict legislation
08 August 2017

Worker unrest spreads to the luxury goods and services sector

Just like factory workers, miners and construction workers, luxury goods and service providers are staging strikes and protests over wage arrears and lay-offs.
03 August 2016

What happens when the boss actually abides by the law during a factory closure in China?

The Xing Ang closure shows that it is not China’s economic slowdown  that gives rise to worker protests, it is the response of employers to that slowdown and the way they treat their employees that determines worker actions.
01 February 2016

China’s elderly street sweepers at risk as temperatures plummet

As temperatures plummet across the whole of China, there is a growing risk that more street sweepers will be badly injured or even killed in accidents related to poor weather.
22 January 2016

Wall Street Journal: China’s Workers Are Fighting Back as Economic Dream Fades

For workers like Li Jiang, factory closings represent a failed promise of a better life earned far from home
15 December 2015

Elderly sanitation worker’s death shows need for collective action and solidarity

Sanitation workers in the southern city of Guangzhou have had considerable success over the last few years in taking collective action to improve their pay and working conditions but far too many elderly cleaners and street sweepers remain vulnerable and unprotected.
14 December 2015
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