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Monday, August 09, 2010

China's Labour Market: The Next China

As the supply of migrant labour dwindles, the workshop of the world is embarking on a migration of its own

The Economist: Jul 29th 2010 | CHONGQING and FOSHAN - THE angrier they become, the less intimidating they seem. The strikes, stoppages and suicides that have afflicted foreign factories on China’s coast in recent months have shaken the popular image of the country’s workers as docile, diligent and dirt cheap. America’s biggest labour federation, the AFL-CIO, blames imports from China for displacing millions of Americans from their jobs. But in June its president applauded the “courageous young auto workers” who waged a successful strike at a Honda plant in Foshan demanding higher wages. Read more...

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