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ZTE trade union head jailed for two billion yuan investment scam

The former chair of state-owned telecom giant ZTE’s corporate trade union, He Xuemei, has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for embezzlement and fraudulent fundraising.
29 April 2021

Finding a family in the union: A garment workers’ leader in Bengaluru

A trade unionist in Bengaluru discusses the struggles of India’s garment workers and her own personal journey from victim to worker leader.
21 April 2021

Worker activist detained while the official trade union sits on its hands

China’s best-known food delivery worker activist, Chen Guojiang, was detained on 25 February and has been held at Beijing’s Chaoyang district detention centre since. In mid-March, his family was formally notified that Chen is accused of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” (寻衅滋事), the catch-all charge used by the authorities to crack down on activists. He was formally arrested on 2 April.
07 April 2021

China’s pristine chip processing plants disguise harsh reality of the work

CLB talks to a worker at a semiconductor fabrication plant about the low pay, long working hours, and isolation that employees have to endure.
30 March 2021

Food delivery worker activist accused of “picking quarrels”

Food delivery worker, Chen Guojiang has been accused of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” (寻衅滋事), the catch-all charge used by the authorities to crackdown on activists.
25 March 2021

A Tale of Two Deltas: Worker resistance in Guangdong and Jiangsu

A review of the newly published book by Manfred Elfstrom, Workers and Change in China: Resistance, Repression, and Responsiveness.
23 March 2021

China’s toxic work culture under fire again in Beijing

One of the few highlights for workers at the annual legislative gathering in Beijing this month was the renewed criticism of China’s "996" work culture by Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) delegate Li Guohua.
17 March 2021

For China’s couriers, not all routes are created equal

Intense competition among express delivery companies has led to a string of bankruptcies, while couriers face increasing pressure to keep up with the volume of orders.
16 March 2021

Collective protests decline but worker grievances remain unresolved

China’s economic slowdown, combined with rapidly shifting patterns of employment and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, resulted in a marked decline in the number of collective protests by workers last year. 
27 January 2021

Migrant workers hit hardest by job losses in 2020

China boasted a robust economic recovery following the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic last year, but official statistics confirm that rural migrant workers, who make up more than one-third of the working population, suffered severe job losses and saw incomes stagnate.
19 January 2021
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