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Week 9-1&2 Labor Disputes (2)

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The Increase of Labor Disputes A. Regional Distribution of Labor Conflicts 1. Northeast & Inland Areas Massive layoffs in old SOEs Deterioration in employment conditions 2. Southeast Coastal Areas Regions which experienced most rapid economic growth Migrant workers Foreign invested enterprises
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The Increase of Labor Disputes
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The Increase of Labor Disputes B. The Most Common Reasons of Labor Conflicts * Source: China Labor Statistical Yearbook (2001: 429) Wages Labor contract Social insurance Remedy for injury suffered on the job Training Others 41,671 35,794 31,350 13,008 12,549 834 30.8% 26.3% 23.1% 9.6% 9.2% 0.6%
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The Nature of Labor Disputes A. Material Centered Although labor conflicts arose when economic grievances evolved
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Unformatted text preview: into political criticism of regime legitimacy, the demands workers made were predominantly material ones. • If their economic needs are met, workers will not rise against the regime and risk their lives in the face of repression. B. Fragmented and Limited in Scope and Scale • Workers protests were restricted within a cellular module targeting local officials and employers, with no effective expansion of scope or scale, and no radicalization of workers demands, as a result of a combination of government repression and the fragmentation of interests among workers....
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