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Class 25: Labor Rights and Protest
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Marc Blecher, Oberlin College
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Why is worker protest spasmodic, spontaneous, and uncoordinated? #1: Government political strategies to suppress and contain worker movements #2: Companies’ unwillingness to permit sustained worker movements #3: Workers accept their declining situation as necessary for market transition #4: Workers’ economic situation on the whole has improved, in part due to the efforts of foreign-invested companies. #5: Actually, protests have dramatically risen in frequency and organization across China #6: None of the above.
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0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% 1952 1978 2000 Industry Services Worker Compositio
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Henan, 1999
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Workers Accept the Market (1) Worker: “Yes, of course it’s unfair that I worked for a factory that was doing poorly while others did not. I have a classmate who today has 100,000,000 yuan.” Question: “Who has responsibility for this?” Worker: “I don’t blame the government. I just blame the situation. But what can you do?
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