Wage arrears

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Express delivery workers protest wage arrears as Singles Day approaches

On Monday 19 October, Best Express workers staged a protest demanding the payment of wages in arrears after the sudden closure of a branch in Shanghai. On the same day, workers at YTO Express in Fuzhou also protested the non-payment of wages.
22 October 2020

ACFTU trumpets self-proclaimed achievements in poverty alleviation

The All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) is claiming credit for helping to eradicate absolute poverty in China, one of the key targets in paramount leader Xi Jinping’s goal of creating a moderately prosperous society by the end of this year.
13 October 2020

Rural teachers demand payment of millions of yuan in wage arrears

After five years of wage delays and non-payment of bonuses and pension contributions, the teachers of Dafang country in Guizhou finally had enough. They took their complaints public and petitioned the central government for help. In early September, the State Council intervened and ordered the local government to pay the teachers the 470 million yuan they were owed.
05 October 2020

Construction worker protests on the rise as economic uncertainties persist in China

The number of protests by construction workers has surged in the last four months, as residential and infrastructure projects in China continue to stall.
15 September 2020

The changing face of worker protest in northeast China

Protests move from state-owned enterprises to the private sector but familiar government and trade union failings remain.
17 August 2020

China’s economic recovery shows stark regional differences

The provinces most severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, as well as most major cities in China, all saw negative economic growth in the first half of the year, according to official data on the gross domestic product (GDP) of individual provinces released last week.
05 August 2020

China’s workers pay the price for growing global demand for face masks

As we reported in last month’s newsletter, the demand for face masks in China dropped off dramatically once the coronavirus outbreak was determined to be brought under control, leading to mass layoffs and wage arrears at unprofitable factories.
04 August 2020

After the pandemic, China’s workers take another hit from widespread flooding

Tens of millions of people have been affected by this year’s devastating floods across central China, mostly in the relatively poorer provinces of Jiangxi and Anhui, as well as around Wuhan, the locus of the Covid-19 outbreak earlier in the year.
23 July 2020

Worker protests on the rise in June as wage arrears proliferate

Worker protests are on the rise again in China as businesses struggle to adapt to the new economic reality created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
15 July 2020

China’s mask production goes from boom to bust leaving workers out of a job

CLB’s Strike Map has recorded nine strikes and protests related to closures and wage arrears at nine different mask factories since the beginning of May
06 July 2020
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