On November 3, labor activist Meng Han was sentenced to 21 months in prison, making him the fourth...
Nov 29, 2015
Kyodo reports allegations of continuing labor abuses at four Chinese factories supplying Japanese...
Aug 14, 2014
According to the Hong Kong-based China Labour Bulletin, the number of strikes and worker protests...
Aug 12, 2014
Earlier this month, an explosion at a metal works factory in Kunshan, Jiangsu, which makes car...
Apr 8, 2014
In 2009, university-educated Huang Xingguo took a cashier job at a newly opened Walmart store in...
Feb 12, 2014
At The World Post, China Labour Bulletin founder Han Dongfang discusses prospects for labor...
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...
Jul 31, 2010
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...
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...
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...
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 […]
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 […]
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]
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 […]
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. […]
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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