2008 China labor laws - part two the union ACFTU

2008 China labor laws – part two the union ACFTU

The All China Federation of Trade Unions ACFTUReport july 2008 The enhanced role for China’s union the ACFTU with new legal powers is important. The ACFTU is the one union allowed by law, organised nationally and in industry unions and hierachically in each region, local area and city. Article 11 of the Trade Union Law […]

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strike as a last resort

The right to politically strike

The right to strike on political issues is a controversial contested industrial relations and labour law issue. I wrote this in 2005 and the arguments are more relevant under Rudd Labor. Governments and employers use labour law against the political protests of striking unionists. Controlling industrial action by sanctions (almost) extinguishes the right to strike. […]

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China labor laws 2008-employer compliance and the new conciliation and arbitration system

China labor laws 2008-employer compliance and the new conciliation and arbitration system

Avoidance or compliance? Labor administration strengthened The state apparatus at all levels has stronger compliance powers. Whether they employ sanctions against businesses in breach will be seen. The labor administration departments are to ensure improved investigation, supervision and inspections of companies. Cooney (2007b) details inadequacies in bureaucratic (non)implementation of earlier workplace rules. With inadequate numbers […]

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Women workers will be worse off under WorkChoices

Women face challenges to hold onto rights at work against blackheart Howard 26/6/2005

Women face challenges to hold onto rights at work against blackheart Howard 26/6/2005 Before WorkChoices: Speech ACT Unions Rally Liberal Party Convention Canberra ‘All workers are asking for is human dignity; not to be treated as commodities; not to be treated as servants or worse as slaves to whatever the corporation or government wants. All […]

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WorkCover: Rann Cuts Injured Workers Entitlements March 2008

WorkCover: Rann Cuts Injured Workers Entitlements March 2008

The history of SA WorkCover is important. I arrived early March 2008 into Adelaide from Canberra. I found great controversy over the Rann ALP Government’s Bill to cut entitlements to injured workers. The unions were opposed, the employers in support. The debate was on. I decided to keep out of the contest having retired some […]

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China: Workers and Unions - News July to September 2008

China: Workers and Unions – News July to September 2008

1. More MNC workers to get bargaining power China Daily 18 july 2008 More workers in multinational companies will be able to safeguard their legitimate rights and interests by September, a senior trade union official has said. Workers have been able to form trade unions in less than 50 percent of the Fortune Global 500 […]

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right to strike

From Penal Colony to Penal Powers

The right to strike yesterday and today The right to strike is always agreed in principle. “We won’t remove the right to strike”, the Work Choices ads said. Employers agree “subject to restrictions” to protect their class interests. The Australian Council of Trade Union policy is for the workers’ right to withdraw labour without sanctions. […]

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China's new Labor Laws: employment contract reforms

China’s new Labor Laws: employment contract reforms

November 2007 China’s new labor law system on employment contracts promises to protect their precarious workforce from the excesses of capitalism. The 10th National People’s Congress (NPC) passed Labor Law Contracts on June 29th 2007. They are in force from 1st January 2008. What are the industrial relations issues addressed? What are the new rights […]

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Rights on site campaigns to abolish the ABCC

Provoking Construction and Building Workers 2005 Senate submission

˜The right of workers to leave their jobs is a test of freedom. Hitler suppressed strikes. Stalin suppressed strikes. But each also suppressed freedom. There are some things worse than strikes, much worse than strikes “ one of them is the loss of freedom.” US Republican President Eisenhower. ˜WE WON’T take away the right to […]

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