Labour Movement

Conditions of the Working Classes in China

Robert Weil Monthly Review 2006 June Volume 58, Number 2 Introduction This article is based primarily on a series of meetings with workers, peasants, organizers, and leftist activists that I participated in during the summer of 2004, together with Alex Day and another student of Chinese affairs. It is part of a longer paper that is being published as a special report by the Oakland Institute.

Emerging Patterns of Workers’ Protest in South China

Chris K.C. Chan   Abstract China has become a global manufucturing centre with its ‘unlimited’ supply of low cost and unorganised peasant workers. The potential of Chinese workers to change this condition has significant meaning for global labour politics. Through ethnographic case studies, this paper examines the extent of the rise of working class power in South China in recent years.

Whither China?

Martin Hart-LandsbergDepartment of EconomicsLewis and Clark CollegePortland, Oregon 97219 USA Interest in the post-1978 Chinese market reform experience remains high and for an obvious reason: China is widely considered to be one of the most successful developing countries in modern times.  The Chinese economy has recorded record rates of growth over an extended time period in concert with a massive industrial transformation. Adding to the interest is the Chinese government claim that this success demonstrates both the workability and superiority of “market socialism.”

Realities of China today

 Martin Hart-LandsbergAgainst the CurrentNovember/December 2008, No. 137 Martin Hart-Landsberg is Professor of Economics and Director of the Political Economy Program at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon; and Adjunct Researcher at the Institute for Social Sciences, Gyeongsang National University, South Korea. His publications include: Marxist Perspectives on South Korea in the Global Economy (2007), China and Socialism: Market Reforms and Class Struggle (with Paul Burkett, 2005), Understanding Japanese Capitalism (with Paul Burkett, 2005) and Development, Crisis, and Class Struggle: Learning from Japan and East Asia, ( with Paul Burkett, 2000).

Second Sex and Second Class Citizens

Chinese Women Migrants Workers under Economic Downturn May Wong (This article was first published in Alternatives Economiques, France in February 2009. Website: ) China’s economic downturn has begun and is forcing tens of thousands of factories to close. It is expected that the present 9.4 percent of unemployment will rise further. The authority is anxious about the present waves of strikes or road blocking by workers may turn into riots when the unemployed workers have nowhere else to go.

Labour unrest and the suppression of the rights to freedom of association and expression

''Workers want to eat - Workers want a job''(1)   Work is the glorious duty of every able-bodied citizen. All working people in state enterprises and in urban and rural economic collectives should perform their tasks with an attitude consonant with their status as masters of the country. (2)

China's Century?

Charlie Hore, 4 April 2004 International SocialismIssue 103, Summer 2004   INTRODUCTION For the last ten years America's rulers have been obsessed with China's threat to their domination of the world. Militarily, economically and politically China has become a world power that the USA cannot control and cannot ignore. Indeed, the 'Project for the New American Century' was largely founded on the premise of the need to face up to China.
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