Striking Works Better than Laws. With the government’s failure to enforce labor law on one side, and employers’ nimble and calculated strategies to elude regulation on the other, confidence in the “rule of law” has dwindled rapidly, especially among workers and their allies. By contrast, strikes continue to achieve wins. This can be seen most clearly in the effects of the 2010 auto strike wave in Guangdong, which spread from a Nanhai Honda plant to hundreds of factories and shuttered all Honda production on the mainland for nearly two weeks. This strike wave drove reforms, including direct, democratic election of shop floor workers (most notably, migrant workers) into factory-level union leadership throughout the industrial zone where hundreds of auto plants are sited.
Ellen David Friedman in Wildcat strikes push China to write new labor laws (Labornotes)
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