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China’s ageing construction workers and the urgent need for an industry overhaul

Major improvements in working conditions and hiring practices will be needed if new, younger workers are to join what is currently a dangerous, insecure and poorly paid profession.


From Dongguan to Phnom Penh, its déjà vu all over again

In 2004, China Labour Bulletin investigated the pay and working conditions of migrant women workers in Dongguan, China’s “factory to the world.”  In 2014, Human Rights Watch investigated the pay and working conditions of the predominately women workers in Cambodia’s garment industry: The results were predictably similar. Photo HRW.


AP: China's economic evolution sets stage for growth but forces painful change

This city in China's northern coal country hardly looks like it is in trouble. After three decades fueling China's industrial boom, its wide, tree-lined avenues are filled with late model cars. Markets are crowded with people.


Calls for reform of the taxi industry get louder as legislators meet in Beijing

In January this year, taxi drivers in cities across China went out on strike in protest at the high rental fees paid to cab companies and the growing use of taxi hailing apps used by unlicensed drivers to poach their business.Now, it seems that many of the delegates at the National People's Congress (NPC) and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing have got the message.


Wall Street Journal: A Shot at Solving China’s Angry Worker Problem

Labor unrest is on the rise in China and likely to increase as the leadership grapples with a dangerous combination of an economic slowdown and the lack of effective institutions to cope with worker unrest.


Teachers in China are prepared to take a stand against pension reform

The massive wave of teachers’ strikes in the north-eastern province of Heilongjiang at the end of last year may have been just the beginning. The Heilongjiang teachers were unhappy with low pay and long working hours, but their key demand was the abolition of a policy that required them to pay their own pension contributions.


Dow Jones: China’s coal addiction brings scourge of black lung

China is grappling with a surge in the deadly disease, a consequence of decades of coal-fired development. Cases of black lung in the U.S. peaked in the 1960s. But the world’s second-largest economy and top coal consumer is just starting to deal with the fallout.


A New Day: Remembering Shenzhen’s worker poet Xu Lizhi

Following the suicide of worker poet Xu Lizhi in September, a new anthology celebrating his life and work will come out this year. Xu was 24-years-old when he died. Photo Southern Weekend.


Paralysed worker stages bed protest after employer ignores pleas for compensation

A clerk at the People’s Public Security University of China has spent the last year trying to get compensation from her employer after an altercation in the staff canteen left her paralysed.


China Economic Review: Demographics and downturn combine to spark a spike in strikes across China

China Labour Bulletin is quoted in the following article. Copyright remains with the original publisher.

Monday, November 10, 2014


Credit, it turns out, is the lifeline of Chinese labor.

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