Times are changing for China’s labor movement

Workers are more assertive than ever, joining the ACFTU (All China Federation of Trade Unions) in growing numbers and increasing their level of strike activity, much of it against transnational corporations and much of it legally unauthorized. This has included at least four nationwide strikes in the last two months over higher wages and labor law violations.

Journal of People

by John Bachtell and Carol Ramos Widom

People’s World | June 20, 2018

Times are changing for China’s labor movement
In this June 7, 2010 file photo, workers at Foshan Fengfu Auto Parts Co. a supply factory to Honda Motor’s joint-ventures in China, strike to demand for higher wages in Foshan in south China’s Guangdong province. | AP

This is Part 2 of a 2-part series based on a conversation with An Jianhua, international Secretary of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions, May 29, 2018. Part 1 can be read here.

BEIJING— It’s been a steep learning curve for Chinese unions these last forty years. The program of economic reforms initiated in 1978 has brought an influx of foreign capital and facilitated the expansion of mass production facilities in special economic zones that cater to international investment. But after 40 years of economic reforms and the government’s pursuit of what it calls a socialist market economy…

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2 thoughts on “Times are changing for China’s labor movement

  1. Muricans are too drugs, radioactive, vaccinated, pesticided, gmos rounduped to know their ass from a hole in the groung anymore. If they did they would be doin what the chinese are doin


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