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Economic trouble in real estate and industrial sectors affects vulnerable workers

Photograph: humphery / Shutterstock.com China’s economic troubles are revealed in China Labour Bulletin’s data on labour challenges that workers face. According to data collected in August 2022 in our Strike Map, Workers’ Calls-for-Help Map, and Workplace Accident Map, the effects are particularly acute for migrant workers in the construction sector and in the steel and coal production industries.  But first, don’t miss the content CLB has published recently: 
14 September 2022

August 2022 labour news roundup: Youth unemployment at record high for fourth consecutive month

In this edition: “Frictional unemployment” describes young people’s job prospects; live streamers experience labour disputes and excessive working hours; hospitals in financial crisis cannot pay wages and benefits; real estate recession leads to layoffs in steel industry; truck drivers on China’s “green passage” face challenges; workers suffer under extreme temperatures
07 September 2022

Food delivery driver stabs self in protest over fines and unpaid wages

Two years on from the viral investigation, “Delivery Drivers, Trapped in the System,” the industry has seen little regulatory change or union representation for workers’ obvious needs
30 August 2022

CLB Report: Waiting for Weiquan: Worker rights protection at the All-China Federation of Trade Unions

CLB investigates the role and effectiveness of rights defence (维权 weiquan) departments of China’s official trade union
08 August 2022

June 2022 labour news roundup: Restaurant closures leave millions of workers without jobs

Catering industry stalls under high operating costs; delivery drivers detained for violating Shanghai’s pandemic prevention regulations; construction companies transfer Covid-positive workers to unhygienic facilities; all levels of government urged to hire new graduates; physical examinations lead to insidious employment discrimination
05 July 2022

China’s truck drivers stranded amid lockdowns

"You can’t earn a living. All you can do is hold out with your truck," said a truck driver surnamed Yang, of difficulties for transport workers under China's pandemic prevention measures
06 June 2022

May 2022 labour news roundup: Shanghai resumes production

Shanghai resumes production; SHEIN business model creates e-commerce competition affecting workers’ livelihoods; several workers at manufacturing conglomerate BYD commit suicide in Changsha; Meituan introduces workplace safety measures for delivery drivers; migrant and youth unemployment rates rise; and the Vocational Education Law gets a revision.
31 May 2022

Migrant workers and their children

There are an estimated 292 million rural migrant workers in China, comprising more than one-third of the entire working population. They have been the engine of China’s spectacular economic growth over the last three decades but remain marginalized, and their children have limited access to education and healthcare.
26 May 2022

Truck drivers stranded across China are unable to earn an income, lack food and bare necessities

Pandemic-related restrictions on movement and economic conditions have uniquely affected China’s truck drivers
16 May 2022

Different contexts, similar solutions: solidarity with workers everywhere

On International Workers’ Day, CLB published a new report on the story of one union in Bangalore, India, practising collective bargaining through the global pandemic. Told through the eyes of worker representatives and union organisers at the Karnataka Garment Workers Union (KOOGU), the union’s roadmap of how to organise workers at the factory level for sustainable change is a roadmap for workers anywhere and everywhere to start reclaiming their bargaining power. 
11 May 2022
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