Eli Friedman is an Assistant Professor of International and Comparative Labour at Cornell University and the author of Insurgency Trap: Labor Politics in Postsocialist China (Cornell University Press, 2014).

Collective Bargaining in China is Dead: The Situation is Excellent

As the Chinese government under Xi Jinping has turned in a markedly anti-worker direction, attempts to establish a genuine collective bargaining system in China have been smothered. If collective bargaining is dead, what might Chinese workers and their allies advocate? The time might be ripe to shift our focus to a demand for a rapid expansion of universal social services, not least for a universal basic income.

Eli Friedman on China on Strike

A unique contribution to the literature on the resistance of Chinese migrant workers, China on Strike is a collection of stories of collective actions undertaken by migrant workers in the Pearl River Delta since the turn of the century. Authored by Chinese labour activist Hao Ren as part of an activist network and edited in English by […]

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