Students and Scholars
Corporate Misbehaviour

Year Month

The Spatial Politics of Labor in China: Life, Labor, and a New Generation of Migrant Workers

By Ngai Pun and Jenny Chan
China’s capitalist transformation offers us a non-Western perspective to understand the contradictions of transnational capital mobility, the working people’s lives, and the changing role of the state. This economic and social transformation continues to require the acceleration of a specific proletarianization—successive generations of rural migrant workers (nongmingong) have become the mainstay of the country’s export-processing sector, but they cannot become “free” laborers in the market. Within the dormitory labor regime, in which work and residence are tightly interconnected, workers turn the workplace and dormitory spaces into a battlefield to [...]

The Labor Question in China: Apple and Beyond


This essay, by Ralph Litzinger,  introduces recent efforts by activists, NGOs, and academics to investigate and report on the working conditions for Chinese workers along Apple’s supply chain in China. Tracking the “suicide express” at the Foxconn factory complex in Shenzhen in 2010, the work of the Hong Kong–based activist labor organization Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehavior, a coalition of environmental organizations headquartered in Beijing, and reporting by journalists, the essay shows how Apple was forced to go public about the myriad environmental, health, and labor problems in its outsourced factories. This essay also [...]

Reviewing the labour rights training at HP supplier factories in China

A review by Jenny Chan on a participatory training in labour rights as a complementary strategy in relation to supplier auditing in advancing CSR. It focus on the multi-stakeholder project carried out by HP, SACOM, and two other Hong Kong NGOs. The Steering committee collaborated on a training programme at two HP suppliers in Dongguan City in Guangdong Province. Between September 2008 and June 2009, a total of 4,500 frontline workers and managers at different levels actively participated in training sessions. The full article, which is originally published in the book Industrial Democracy in China (Edited by Rudolf Traub-Merz and Kinglun Ngok, 2012), can be downloaded

Suicide as Protest for the New Generation of Chinese Migrant Workers: Foxconn, Global Capital, and the State

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