Join Geoffery Crothall from the China Labour Bulletin as he launches their newest report on developments and trends in the workers movement in China, focusing on the role of the new generation of migrant workers and also looking at the continuing struggle of SOE workers.
The report discusses encouraging trends in the ability of workers to organize strikes and negotiate pay increases with employers; and a shift in attitude from some government and trade union officials, although this stops short of whole-hearted support for workers.
The report also notes that the movement is still fragmented, strikes tend to be spontaneous and very often strike leaders are sacked, making it very difficult to build on the experiences and lessons learnt and create a more stable system of negotiation and bargaining over pay and conditions.
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Geoffrey Crothall is the Director of Communications at China Labour Bulletin, a Hong Kong-based organization that promotes and defends the rights of workers in China. He has helped compile and publish 14 English-language research reports for CLB in the last four years, of which the current report on the workers’ movement is the latest. Mr Crothall has been reporting on China since 1985 and was the Beijing correspondent for the South China Morning Post in the early 1990s. He is the author of the travel book Why did the White Fella Climb the Rock: God, Chaos and Colonialism, published in 2006.