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[Report] Apple fails in its responsibility to monitor suppliers

[Open Letter to Apple’s Shareholders] Influence Apple with Your Shares

Hong Kong, 26 February, 2013

Dear Apple’s shareholders,

On the eve of Apple‘s annual shareholders meeting in the U.S., Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) and other labour organizations in Hong

[Video] Those Were the Years, When I Was at Foxconn

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 [...]