Wage arrears

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Construction worker protests on the rise as economic uncertainties persist in China

The number of protests by construction workers has surged in the last four months, as residential and infrastructure projects in China continue to stall.
15 September 2020

The changing face of worker protest in northeast China

Protests move from state-owned enterprises to the private sector but familiar government and trade union failings remain.
17 August 2020

China’s economic recovery shows stark regional differences

The provinces most severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, as well as most major cities in China, all saw negative economic growth in the first half of the year, according to official data on the gross domestic product (GDP) of individual provinces released last week.
05 August 2020

China’s workers pay the price for growing global demand for face masks

As we reported in last month’s newsletter, the demand for face masks in China dropped off dramatically once the coronavirus outbreak was determined to be brought under control, leading to mass layoffs and wage arrears at unprofitable factories.
04 August 2020

After the pandemic, China’s workers take another hit from widespread flooding

Tens of millions of people have been affected by this year’s devastating floods across central China, mostly in the relatively poorer provinces of Jiangxi and Anhui, as well as around Wuhan, the locus of the Covid-19 outbreak earlier in the year.
23 July 2020

Worker protests on the rise in June as wage arrears proliferate

Worker protests are on the rise again in China as businesses struggle to adapt to the new economic reality created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
15 July 2020

China’s mask production goes from boom to bust leaving workers out of a job

CLB’s Strike Map has recorded nine strikes and protests related to closures and wage arrears at nine different mask factories since the beginning of May
06 July 2020

White collar workers face wage cuts and layoffs in wake of pandemic

One in three white collar workers have been laid off since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in China, according to a new survey by online recruitment agency Zhaopin. In addition, the majority of white-collar workers have experienced pay cuts, salary cancellations or delays in payment.
24 June 2020

Bangalore garment workers fight for basic rights as production resumes after lockdown

A group of 150 women workers who were forced to return to their home villages during lockdown are now fighting for the right to return to work.
18 June 2020

As NPC opens in Beijing, China’s workers don’t feel even moderately prosperous

China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) finally opens in Beijing tomorrow after a two-month delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
21 May 2020
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