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Post-Socialist Trade Unions, Low Pay and Decent Work: Russia, China and Vietnam

Grant reference: RES-155-25-0071

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Journal article details

Strike and changing workplace relations in a Chinese global factory
This article engages with the debate around global capitalism and labour politics in the context of China. Data were drawn from fieldwork on a Taiwanese-invested factory, where a strike was staged in 2004 spreading from one department to the whole factory. After it ended, the protest encouraged further struggles in the factory and inspired workers in other factories. While the original-place-based networks and their attached gangsters had previously divided and pacified workers, the function of place-based networks and gangsters were dramatically changed in favour of the workers' interests during the strike. The author further argues that the expansion of capitalism in China has raised the marketplace and workplace power of workers but their associational power is impeded by the state socialist legacy.
Abstract
10.1111/j.1468-2338.2008.00513.x
English

Primary contributor

Author Chris King-Chi Chan

Keywords

strikes; workplace relations; foreign workers; China

Additional details

40
1
Yes
0019-8692
Blackwell Publishing
01 January 2009
60-77
Oxford
Post-print
Industrial relations journal

Cite this outcome

Harvard

Chan, Chris King-Chi (2009) Strike and changing workplace relations in a Chinese global factory. Industrial relations journal. 40 (1), pp. 60-77 Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Vancouver

Chan Chris King-Chi. Strike and changing workplace relations in a Chinese global factory. Industrial relations journal 2009; 40 (1): 60-77.