Students and Scholars
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Year Month

Labor Notes: Who Speaks for China’s Workers?

Leslie T. Chang, author of Factory Girls, received a standing ovation when she closed her TED Talk about the lives, aspirations, and—above all—upward mobility of China’s workers who make our products.

Feeling Good about Yourself

It’s a feel-good, “happy worker” story, filled with young women who start at the bottom in factory jobs, then rise by taking courses to become sales executives, secretaries, English instructors, and entrepreneurs, starting successful businesses of all kinds. The Chinese dream fulfilled!

Workers’ Outrage over Immoral Costco Supplier in Shenzhen

More than 200 workers from Delta Smooth Limited (金顺台艺品厂) in Shenzhen, a supplier of Costco in China have launched a series of street protests since 6 May, as the owner refused to pay their wages, social insurance and economic compensation after the factory closure. They marched to the township and district government offices to demand investigation into the issue but received no response. Delta Smooth’s biggest client is Costco– the second largest retailer in US and the seventh largest retailer in the world. While Costco is renowned for its family atmosphere for employees, SACOM urges Costco’s intervention into the matter to fulfill its corporate social responsibility, [...]

Costco Supplier Factory Workers Match Against Wage Arrears

More than 200 workers from Delta Smooth Limited (金顺台艺品厂) in Shenzhen, a supplier of Costco in China have launched a series of street protests since 6 May, as the owner refused to pay their wages, social insurance and economic compensation after the factory closure. They marched to the township and district government offices to demand investigation into the issue but received no response.

Delta Smooth’s biggest client is Costco– the second largest retailer in US and the seventh largest retailer in the world. While Costco is renowned for its family atmosphere for employees, SACOM urges Costco’s intervention into the matter to fulfill its corporate social responsibility, by enjoining Zheng Rongwen, the owner of Delta Smooth, to meet his [...]

Labor Politics under Three Stages of Chinese Capitalism

By Ho-Fung Hung

[Abstract]

This essay outlines the three stages of Chinese capitalist development in the 1980s through the 2000s and discusses how labor politics played out differently in each of the three stages and helped shape the next stage. Whence the erosion of living standards of urban workers amid out-of-control inflation and corruption in the late 1980s led to workers’ participation in the 1989 democratic movement, the full-fledged neoliberal reforms implemented by the post-1989 authoritarian state in the 1990s urged many laid-off workers in state enterprises to take to the streets. In the wake of these struggles by the declining rank of socialist state workers was the surge of militant resistance by the new working class [...]

Reflections on Labor in China: From a Moment to a Movement

By Tim Pringle

[Abstract]

This essay contrasts the scattered resistance of Chinese urban workers to the restructuring of state-owned enterprises at the turn of the century with the long march of migrant workers from victims to subjects. I argue that the “functional authoritarian” nature of the Chinese state and its policy of embracing globalization created the conditions for the defeat of China’s traditional urban working class. Coinciding with this moment has been the gradual emergence of a new movement of labor headed by migrant workers who have taken advantage of structural flaws in China’s development trajectory to pursue collective interests. This movement in the making has demonstrated a capacity to overcome spatial [...]