labor law

The (Limited) Rise of Labor in China

From china/divide: Lots of labor stories in the news these days, the two most popular being Foxconn’s wage hikes and reorganizations, and Honda’s repeated strike problems with its China labor force. It’s enough...

Despite Law, Job Conditions Worsen in China

From New York Times: Liu Pan, a 17-year-old factory worker, was crushed to death last April when the machine he was operating malfunctioned. Somehow Mr. Liu became stuck in the machine, his sister Liu Yan recalled during a...

Factory Closures Strain China’s Labor Law

Officials in China are purportedly permitting violations legal obligations of China’s Labor Contract Law in order to let hard-pressed businesses stay afloat, leaving workers at a serious disadvantage. From Wall Street...

Employment Pressure May Trigger Structural Adjustment

From Caijing Magazine: Eight economists were invited by Premier Wen Jiabao and the State Council to a closed-door meeting between July 8 and 11 on China’s macroeconomic conditions and employment outlook. Cai Fang, director for...

Lingering Wrangle Over China’s Labor Law

From Caijing Magazine: Implementation of China’s new labor law in January was supposed to close the book on years of debate between trade union and employer groups over workplace rights. Instead, the controversy has...

Nike Sees ‘Gaps’ in China Labour Laws

From Financial Times : Workers at Nike ’s contract factories in China do not enjoy the same protection as their peers elsewhere because of “gaps” in the country’s labour laws, the global footwear giant has said in a report. “We...

‘Severe’ Jobless Problem in China

Despite continuing high-speed growth in the Chinese economy keeps a high-speed growth, joblessness remains a fear for millions of Chinese,especially after the launch of the new labor law last year. From BBC News : China is...

China’s Tangled New Labor Law – Donald H. Straszheim

From Forbes: China’s new employment law effective Jan. 1 attempts to provide greater protection and benefits for more workers. But what we are already seeing is the creativity of employers to find ways to circumvent the new rules to avoid being saddled with higher costs. Over the last 12 years, in an avalanche of economic […]

Business Doubts Impact of New Laws in Chaotic China: Analysts – AFP

From AFP: Two landmark laws that have just gone into effect in China look to drastically alter the business environment, but the reality may turn out to be different, analysts said. In booming, chaotic China, enforcement of any law can be weak or non-existent, and the impacts of the new ones that aim to equalise […]

New Labor Law Means Better Image But At Higher Cost – Wu Zhi

From Xinhua, via China Daily: Will China’s new labor contract law mean a better image and a move up the industrial ladder? Or will it push up wages and erode the country’s competitive advantage? And among these possible outcomes, which matters more? It depends on who you ask. Zhao Yumin, an expert with the Chinese […]

New Workers’ Rights Being Undermined in China – Don Lee

The soon-to-be-enforced labor law is not just a hot topic of discussion, but is also a source of some bloody contention. We get a glimpse of the debate here, from the Los Angeles Times: Starting Jan. 1, workers nationwide will gain new rights, especially when it comes to long-term job security. Employees with 10 straight […]

New Labor Contract Law Not an ‘Iron Rice Bowl’ – Wu Jiayin

From Shanghai Daily: The benefits of the new Labor Contract Law, which takes effect January 1 next year, have been exaggerated. Many people have the illusion that the new law will entitle all workers to an “iron rice bowl” – a permanent job. What causes the misunderstanding is the article concerning open-ended employment contracts. [Full […]

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 […]

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