How to enforce the Labour Contract Law?

Written by Fuk Ying Tse. The enforcement of the Labour Contract Law of China and its amendments in 2008 and 2013 respectively are regarded as attempts by the state to regulate employment relationships. By introducing the concept of a labour contract, in which working conditions and terms are clearly defined on paper, both workers and …

Dock workers’ resistance and union reform in China’s global supply chain

Written by Xuebing Cao. The September 2013 Yantian Dock strike was a prominent event in the recent Chinese labour movement, not only because of the workers’ partial victory, but also due to the exposure of the ACFTU’s failure on workplace union reform. Moreover, the event showed Chinese dock workers’ persistent struggle with transnational capitalism within the …

Chinese workers in the grip of global capitalism: Possibilities for resistance?

Written by Andreas Bieler. The integration of Chinese production in the global economy needs to be assessed in view of the underlying dynamics of uneven and combined development. Chinese development is combined with industrialised countries in that its export-led development project is driven by large transnational corporations (TNCs) and their foreign direct investment (FDI) in …