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Our 10 most recent articles.

Holding China’s trade unions to account

CLB conducts a one year, in-depth investigation into the All-China Federation of Trade Union’s reform initiative.
17 February 2020

Construction workers under pressure as more cities rush to build hospitals

Several Chinese cities including Zhengzhou, Guangzhou, Shenzhen have announced plans to build new hospitals in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan. 
06 February 2020

The state of labour relations in China, 2019

CLB examines the key developments and emerging trends in worker activism and labour relations in China in 2019.
13 January 2020

Labour activist Chen Weixiang released from detention

Labour activist Chen Weixiang and two associates have been released after spending 15 days in administrative detention. 
03 January 2020

Huawei invites detained former employee to sue

Telecom giant Huawei has urged former employee, Li Hongyuan, who was detained in Shenzhen for eight months on extortion charges, to sue the company if he feels his rights have been violated.
03 December 2019

The shifting patterns of transport worker protests in China present a major challenge to the trade union

Strikes by transport workers have long been a feature of daily life in China’s cities but in the last five years there has been a noticeable shift in the nature of these protests, driven primarily by the rapid growth of app-based transport services and the decline of traditional services.
18 November 2019

Squeezed on all sides, China’s retail workers respond with collective action

China Labour Bulletin’s Strike Map has recorded 58 strikes and collective protests by retail workers so far this year, accounting for nearly five percent of all worker protests. 
13 November 2019

Understanding worker protests at Chinese enterprises in Vietnam

Low pay, poor working conditions and abusive managers are well documented at many Chinese-owned enterprises in Vietnam, as are the strikes and protests staged by workers in response. Joe Buckley examines several recent such protests and suggests that these problems are not just confined to Chinese enterprises but are found across Vietnam, regardless of enterprise ownership.
11 November 2019

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
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