Labor unrest in the People's Republic of China

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China: Inequality greater than is the West, 210,000 Labour disputes reported unrest rising
Beijing Dangdai Sichao, 20 April 1997. What are the reasons that make more and more workers disbelieve scientific Communism, choose the ideal on personal life and even believe in religion? The weakening socialist awareness with Marxism as the guidance. A considerable number of state-owned and collective enterprises are not doing well.
Mounting Labour unrest alarms China's leaders
By Rod Mickleburgh, The Globe and Mail, 18 July 1997. Effects of China's integration into the world capitalist economy is stimulating the rise of an independent labor movement, which the government has always opposed.
Worker unrest in China
By Heiko Khoo, Socialist Appeal, [6 July 1998]. A mighty working class with a remarkable revolutionary tradition, China plays a central role in the world economy. Yet aside from the same garbage about an economic miracle we've seen crumble to dust in the rest of South East Asia, the media is deafeningly silent about the growing struggles of the Chinese workers against the effects of the attempts to move in the direction of capitalism.
China Reports Big Surge in Labor Unrest During 1999; Disputes over unpaid pensions, wages, fraud
John Pomfret, Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, 24 April 2000. The number of labor disputes in China has skyrocketed—to more than 120,000 in 1999—as workers in unprecedented numbers get laid off, are paid late or not at all and feel cheated by corrupt officials who sell state property for a pittance to friends, relatives and colleagues.
Laid-off Workers in China Hold Two Large Protests
AFP, 28 December 2000. Laid-off workers in two Chinese cities demonstrated and blocked streets in protest at inadequate redundancy compensation. The Wuhan factory is a large state-owned company which has run into financial problems and had recently announced it would axe workers. Workers at an iron and steel factory facing closure in the southwestern city of Chongqing, blocked roads in protest at the company's failure to pay them a second installment of unemployment compensation.
Industrial Unrest in China—A Labour Movement in the Making?
By Tim Pringle, China Labour Bulletin, 31 January 2002. An analysis of labour unrest in China and a look beyond the figures to what is actually happening on the ground. A direct result of the unrest has been the reappearance of politically motivated labour organisers, labour lawyers and even the resurgence of a reformist wing in the ACFTU. What is so obviously lacking is an independent workers' organisation.
The Third Wave of the Chinese Labour Movement in the Post-Mao Era
By Trini Leung, China Labour Bulletin, 2 June 2002. In the spring of 2002, workers who had dedicated most of their working lives to the industrial construction of socialist China set off the most significant episode in the recent history of the Chinese labour movement. The development of the labor movement since 1989: The WAF political movement of 1989; the class-based independent union movmeent in 1991–94; the Spring 2002 outburst offers these earlier movements a mass base.