Chinese Labour in the Global Economy: Capitalist Exploitation and Strategies of Resistance

1st Edition

Andreas Bieler, Chun-Yi Lee

Routledge
March 18, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 162 Pages
ISBN 9780367220471 - CAT# K421253

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Summary

Chinese development is widely considered to be an example of successful developmental catch-up with double-digit growth rates year on year. Some even talk of an emerging power, which may in time replace the US as the global economy’s hegemon. And yet there is a dark underside to this ‘miracle’ in the form of workers’ long hours, low pay and lack of welfare benefits. Increasing levels of inequality have gone hand in hand with super exploitative working conditions. Nevertheless, Chinese workers have not simply accepted these conditions of super-exploitation; they have started to fight back.

Set against the background of China’s integration into the global economy along uneven and combined development lines, this volume explores new forms of resistance by Chinese workers, be it through the state trade union All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) or through informal labour NGOs. It also analyses the links between Chinese formal and informal labour organisations, with labour organisations outside China.

This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Globalizations.

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