Wage arrears

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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

A trade union in lockdown

As life in the central city of Wuhan gradually returns to normal, CLB investigates the role of the trade unions during the city’s 76-day lockdown.
04 May 2020

Workers’ struggles echo around the world as pandemic spreads

On May Day this year, we highlight the struggle of workers in China and around the world to protect their health and livelihood during the coronavirus pandemic
01 May 2020

China’s unemployment rate eases slightly in March to 5.9 percent

China’s urban unemployment rate eased slightly in March, declining by 0.3 percentage points to 5.9 percent from a high of 6.2 percent in February, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced today.
17 April 2020

Foreign teachers in China struggle to get paid

China Labour Bulletin is frequently contacted by foreign teachers in China who are owed wages in arrears. While CLB cannot get directly involved in these cases, we have outlined some steps below that foreign teachers might take to protect their rights.
07 April 2020

How have China’s trade unions responded to the coronavirus crisis?

The global coronavirus pandemic has presented huge challenges to trade unions around the world. How has the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) measured up? What steps have local trade union officials taken to protect the health, economic interests and legal rights of workers in their districts? In February and March, CLB staff telephoned trade union officials in six Chinese cities to find out.
07 April 2020

China’s trade unions caught in the headlights of the coronavirus crisis

CLB conducted a series of interviews with trade union officials in China in order to gauge their response to the coronavirus crisis. 
01 April 2020

Collective protests begin to flare up again as China returns to work

After a month in which there were virtually no worker protests in China because much of the country was on lockdown, workers are beginning to take collective action again. Many protests have been related to the economic distress caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic.
17 March 2020

Workers in limbo as authorities struggle for a coherent coronavirus policy

The government's need to get the economy moving again while controlling the spread of Covid-19 has left workers uncertain of whether or not they can return to work and the dangers they face if they do.
20 February 2020

Holding China’s trade unions to account

CLB conducts a one year, in-depth investigation into the All-China Federation of Trade Union’s reform initiative.
17 February 2020
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