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  • Events | 23 June, 2009 (14:40)

    Jul 9 – Going It Alone: The Workers’ Movement In China

    China’s workers are taking to the streets in ever increasing numbers – demanding unpaid wages, better working conditions and severance pay. They are angered by management abuses, and emboldened by the new Labour Contract Law and their own ability to organize.

    China Labour Bulletin’s new report on the state of the labor movement in China shows how workers are taking matters into their own hands, by-passing the official trade union, and staging strikes and protests to press local governments to intercede on their behalf.

    The report’s editor, Geoffrey Crothall, will launch the paper and discuss why workers are angry, why they are willing to take action, why the government is increasingly willing to listen, and why the trade union is being painted out of the picture.

    Copies of the report will be available at this talk.

    DATE: Thursday, 9th July
    TIME: 10am
    VENUE: The Australian embassy (see below for details)
    RSVP to the embassy not FCCC. Daniel Fan on yu.fan@dfat.gov.au, tel: 5140 4247, fax: 5140 4230
    BRING: FCCC membership card and passport/ID card
    ENTRANCE: FCCC members only

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER
    Geoffrey Crothall is the editor of China Labour Bulletin’s English language website. He has been writing about China for more than two decades, and was the South China Morning Post correspondent in Beijing from 1991 to 1996.

    China Labour Bulletin (CLB) is a Hong Kong-based non-governmental organization that defends and promotes workers’ rights in China. It was set up in 1994 by prominent labor rights activist Han Dongfang. It supports the development of democratic trade unions, respect for and enforcement of China’s labor laws, and the full participation of workers in civil society. It provides legal aid to workers and seeks to promote collective bargaining as an effective means of resolving labor disputes.

    CLB’s reports and analysis of labour rights issues in China are available at www.clb.org.hk

    Australian embassy, 21 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Sanlitun, Chaoyang district (next to Canadian embassy, opposite A.C. Embassy Hotel)
    澳大利亚驻华大使馆, 北京市朝阳区三里屯东直门外大街21号(加拿大大使馆的旁边,澳加饭店的对面)
    Tel: 5140 4111
    www.china.embassy.gov.au

    *NOTE: The FCCC admin office will be closed from Friday, July 3rd to Monday, July 20th inclusive due to staff holidays.*