"An Uncertain Victory" - YaleGlobal commentary on China Labour Contract Law

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24 June 2008

An Uncertain Victory for China’s Workers [China]

Author: Lyle Morris, Editor, China Economist magazine, in YaleGlobal

On January 1, 2008, the [China] Labor Contract Law went into effect…Critics point out that while the law will add much needed rights for workers, its goal of reducing worker-abuse cases might be difficult. [Refers to Olympus, Yue Yuen Industrial, Nike, Huawei Technologies, Carrefour]

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1 June 2008

New Labour Contract Law: Myth and reality six months after implementation [China]

Author: IHLO [Hong Kong Liaison Office of the intl. trade union movement]

While the labour contract law is meant to protect workers, [IHLO has] discovered that the new law has led companies to find loopholes, and subvert standard contracts designed to follow the letter of the law and so far, these problems are not being adequately monitored by the local labour bureaus and the local ACFTU branches. Much more work needs to be done to ensure that employers do not simply circumvent or flout the new law or it will end up being yet another wasted piece of good labour legislation on China’s law books. [refers to Texhong, Hanesbrands, Nine Dragons, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec)]

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