Han Dongfang: China’s Main Union Is Yet to Earn Its Job

Han Dongfang, the worker turned labor activist who led worker protests at Tiananmen Square in 1989, has changed his view of the official union, the All-China Federation of Trade Unions, which he has long opposed. He writes in an...

Labor Unions to ‘Hire’ Leaders

China Daily reports on the newest developments for labor union leaders: Labor union leaders across the country will receive their salaries from higher-level unions instead of companies that employ them by 2011, the All-China...

No Social Stability Without Labor Protections

Yu Jianrong, Professor and Director of the Rural Development Institute’s Social Issues Research Center at the Chinese Academy for Social Sciences (CASS), advocates reforms and labor protections in a column for China Media...

Union Of The State – Economist

From The Economist: Labour conditions in China can be notoriously lousy. Reports abound of sweatshops, workers’ protests and this year even of officials condoning the luring of children into slavery. A new law on employment contracts, coming into effect on January 1st, will in theory improve workers’ lots, but is creating more headaches. The law […]

Wal-Mart Says It Will Let Its China Staff Unionize – Bloomberg

From Bloomberg: Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, said it will allow employees in China to unionize following criticism that the company exploits lax employee protection in the country to keep costs low. Wal-Mart, which employs 23,000 people in the country, will let the All-China Federation of Trade Unions set up branches in all […]

Wal-Mart allows first union shop in China – Rowan Callick

From The Australian: US retail giant Wal-Mart conceded at the weekend to the establishment of its first ever trade union — in China’s southern Fujian province. The world’s biggest retailer, Wal-Mart buys 1 per cent of China’s entire gross domestic product annually, chiefly for its US stores. [Full Text]

China to pursue Wal-Mart and other foreign firms over staff unions – AFX

From AFX via Forbes.comÔºö Lawmakers in China are planning to take action against US retailing giant Wal-Mart and other foreign firms to force thementerprises to establish branches of the Communist Party-run All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) within their companies, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Wang Zhaoguo, ACFTU president and vice chairman of the […]

Union blues

Via the China Study Group, the South China Morning Post published a story on “a showdown between the mainland’s traditional union and an American corporate giant underlines the radical changes occurring in the workplace.” It is a battle between the world’s largest retailer and the national trade union of one of its fastest growing markets. […]

Under pressure, Wal-Mart concedes right of Chinese workers to form unions

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, has conceded to Chinese government demands that it allow branches of the All China Federation of Trade Unions to operate in its China stores. The superstore recently announced plans to open ten new stores in China. The ACFTU, a Communist Party controlled organization, had threatened to sue Wal-Mart if it […]



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