China’s Secret to Keeping Labor Costs Low: Student Workers Ms. Xiao and her classmates have worked on the assembly line of a Hewlett-Packard supplier called Quanta Computer for 12 hours a day, six days a week—conditions that violate Chinese regulations …

Jennifer Zhang Asia, China, Hong Kong, Macau,

China’s Secret to Keeping Labor Costs Low: Student Workers

Ms. Xiao and her classmates have worked on the assembly line of a Hewlett-Packard supplier called Quanta Computer for 12 hours a day, six days a week—conditions that violate Chinese regulations for workers under 18. “Sometimes we are so tired on the night shifts we almost fall asleep,” she said.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Lifeguards get meeting after new strike threat

Lifeguards join the strikers' sit-in at Sha Tin. Photo: Felix Wong, South China Morning Post

Lifeguards join the strikers’ sit-in at Sha Tin. Photo credit: Felix Wong, South China Morning Post

Hong Kong’s Leisure and Cultural Services Department has agreed to meet the city’s largest lifeguard union – after threats to close down swimming pools and beaches for days at a time.

Source: South China Morning Post

Trouble Is Brewing in the World’s Biggest Gambling Hub

Almost a dozen protests have been held this summer by casino workers protesting low wages and benefits packages. About a quarter of the workforce is employed in the gaming sector: white croupier shirts can be seen drip-drying on the washing lines outside many a Macanese apartment.

Source: TIme

The company that made your iPhone is reluctantly bringing democracy to Chinese labor

Foxconn said it would begin training workers on how to vote. But according to workers and local labor-rights researchers, there’s not quite as much progress as the company claims.

Source: Quartz

Chinese media condemns Walmart for firing food-safety whistle blowers

American retail giant Walmart has dismissed four employees after they exposed serious food-safety violations at one of its stores in Shenzhen. China’s state-run news agency Xinhua on 16 September described the retaliatory act as “despicable” 

Source: China Labour Bulletin

Chinese Women Win Respect in Construction Industry

Construction industry has traditionally been dominated by men, but now more women are entering the field. These women, usually following their husbands, are attracted by higher pay and a less restricted management, a survey shows.

Source: China Daily

Chinese company workers strike at Namport

About 80 Namibian workers employed by the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) downed tools on Monday, protesting poor working conditions.

Source: The Namibian

 


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Jennifer Zhang is USi’s China coordinator based in Hong Kong.

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