Delivery Workers

Our 10 most recent articles.

Migrant workers hit hardest by job losses in 2020

China boasted a robust economic recovery following the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic last year, but official statistics confirm that rural migrant workers, who make up more than one-third of the working population, suffered severe job losses and saw incomes stagnate.
19 January 2021

Employee deaths put China’s tech sector under further scrutiny

An engineer employed at e-commerce platform Pinduoduo reportedly jumped to his death on Saturday, 9 January, after unexpectedly returning home on leave. It was the second sudden death of a Pinduoduo employee in ten days, highlighting the extreme pressure faced by workers in China’s ultra-competitive tech sector.  
11 January 2021

Singles Day reveals harsh reality of China’s express delivery industry

This year’s Singles Day shopping bonanza on 11 November has once again exposed the appalling conditions delivery workers labour under in order to meet consumer demand. Moreover, there are reports that working conditions are actually getting worse as the industry develops. 
30 November 2020

An introduction to China Labour Bulletin's Workers’ Calls-for-Help Map

China Labour Bulletin has, since September 2020, collected notable calls for help from workers and added them to a new database.
26 November 2020

Workers in the Global South face unprecedented challenges in 2020

CLB investigates how the Covid-19 pandemic and economic contraction has affected the world’s two largest workforces in China and India.
19 November 2020

The All-India Gig Workers Union: A case study

In the second article in a series on workers’ rights and collective action in India, P.K. Anand looks at the All-India Gig Workers Union.
09 November 2020

Express delivery workers pushed to the limit

Battered by the pandemic and intense competition between rival companies, China’s express delivery workers are bracing for more pain with the annual online shopping bonanza of Singles Day (双11) just around the corner on 11 November.
03 November 2020

The Indian Federation of App-based Transport Workers: A case study

This is the first in a short series of articles on workers’ rights and collective action in India during the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown.
02 November 2020

Express delivery workers protest wage arrears as Singles Day approaches

On Monday 19 October, Best Express workers staged a protest demanding the payment of wages in arrears after the sudden closure of a branch in Shanghai. On the same day, workers at YTO Express in Fuzhou also protested the non-payment of wages.
22 October 2020

Food delivery workers need a trade union to push for real change

China’s major food delivery companies have made some concessions to workers in response to public pressure, but fundamental problems in the industry remain.
22 September 2020
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