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The number of strikes in China escalating due to the slowdown in economic growth

Source: www.voanews.com
Date: April 9, 2015
Link: www.voanews.com
Author: Shannon Van Sant

China is entering a phase of less rapid economic growth, and as a consequence, the labor market is weakening in both urban and rural areas, resulting in a reduction in factories’ margins. This is affecting wage levels, social insurance payments and housing funds, and has led workers to take their demands to the streets. China witnessed almost 1,400 strikes in 2014.

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Several major companies in the US take action on the minimum wage

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com
Date: April 2, 2015
Link: www.epi.org
Author: Alexander C. Kaufman & Jenny Che

Instead of waiting for congress to act, 13 major companies in the US have taken the minimum wage debate in their own hands and have raised minimum wage among their lowest-paid employees.

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Wage pressure on local governments

Guangzhou workers increase pressure on government over wages

Source: China Labor Bulletin
Date: 19 June 2012
Link: www.clb.org.hk
Author: unknown

The strikes have been multiplying in Guanzhou factories with two strikes in four days and thousands of Guangzhou factory workers demanding higher wages (as it happened at the Citizen factory in Guanzhou where 3,000 employees went on strike). The workers demand the Guanzhou government to increase its statutory minimum, as it was done earlier in the year in Shenzhen (where the minimum wage was raised to 1,500 yuan per month).

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Wage bargaining in large firms in China to increase wages but also to avoid strikes

Unions target Fortune 500 firms over wage talks

Source: China Daily
Date: 20 August 2012
Link: usa.chinadaily.com.cn
Author: Chen Xin

The All-China Federation of Trade Unions’ (ACFTU) is so far rather successful in its going campaign to get businesses in China owned by Fortune 500 companies to introduce collective bargaining over wages since 80 per cent of the 4,100 enterprises concerned in China had introduced collective bargaining by the end of 2011. The aim of the trade unions is to bring that figure to 95 per cent of Fortune 500 companies operating in China by the end of 2013.

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Trade union negotiates pay increase for Carrefour employees in Shanghai

Wuhan factory strike illustrates both the progress and limits to the workers’ movement in China’s inland provinces

Source: China Labour Bulletin
Date: 20 August 2012
Link: www.clb.org.hk
Author:

The trade union and the management of Carrefour have agreed for a 7.5 per cent pay increase for all employees of the Shanghai supermarkets of the French retail giant. This agreement is encouraging after the series of protests and strikes that had occurred at Carrefour over last years.

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Wage concessions after workers’ pressure in China

Wuhan factory strike illustrates both the progress and limits to the workers’ movement in China’s inland provinces

Source: China Labour Bulletin
Date: 25 August 2012
Link: www.clb.org.hk
Author: Jennifer Cheung

After a two-day strike at Youde, a joint venture between China’s Dongfeng Motors and the US-based Lear Corporation, workers obtained a wage increase of 200 Yuan a month (bringing their basic wage to 1,300 Yuan, that is 200 higher than the minimum wage in Wuhan). This strike that involved more than 1,000 workers was the first factory-wide strike at Youde, since the business was set up in the Wuhan Economic Development Zone in 1994.

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