On November 3, labor activist Meng Han was sentenced to 21 months in prison, making him the fourth...
by Sophie Beach | Jun 26, 2011
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...
by Paulina Hartono | Jun 25, 2010
Stanley Lubman, long-time specialist on Chinese law, writes on the recent labor strikes and the role of China’s only labor union, All China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) for the Wall Street Journal’s Real Time...
by Paulina Hartono | Jun 15, 2010
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...
by Liu Yong | Dec 6, 2007
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 […]
by Sophie Beach | Aug 9, 2006
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 […]
by Liu Yong | Jul 30, 2006
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]
by Mo Ming | Jul 6, 2006
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 […]
by Xiao Qiang | Nov 25, 2004
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. […]
by Sophie Beach | Nov 23, 2004
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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