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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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Dispute over wages in mining company in Zambia

Zambian miners kill Chinese supervisor over wage dispute

Source: SABC News
Date: 5 August 2012
Link: www.sabc.co.za
Author: SAPA-DPA

Zambian miners killed their Chinese supervisor at the weekend over a wage dispute at Collum mine, situated 325 kilometres south of the capital, Lusaka. Workers protested because they continued to be paid a minimum salary of around USD 80 dollars, way below the new minimum wage level that has been recently increased by the government. In 2010, Chinese managers at Collum Coal Mine shot and wounded Zambian workers who were already protesting over poor salaries. According to Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda, this last tragedy could have been avoided through appropriate social dialogue.

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5 shot during mine wage rage

Source: Mining Safety
Date: 3 September 2012
Link: www.miningsafety.co.za

Five miners who were striking at Gold One’s flagship Modder East mine near Springs have been shot by security guards during a wage protest. A large group of workers was protesting since June 4, when several of them had been immediately dismissed because of the strike they had organized that day to claim for better wages. This time, workers who were killed were protesting to get their jobs back with better pay.

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