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China: Global Labor Strategies report follows up on lobbying by intl. firms & US business groups on draft labour law

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28 March 2007

China's proposed labour law reform: concerns about US & European industry association lobbying; company responses & non-responses

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited several US & European companies to respond to concerns about the positions taken by industry associations regarding China's proposed labour law reform.
[As of 27 Mar 2007:
- The following companies provided responses (accessible via this page): Ericsson, General Electric, Google, Intel, Nike, Nokia, Procter & Gamble, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Shell, Tesco, Walt Disney
- ABB has said it will provide a response but has not yet done so
- Microsoft has said it does not wish to respond at this time
- The following companies declined to respond: AT&T, Carrefour, DuPont, Maersk, Total, UPS, Wal-Mart
- Sara Lee stated that it is no longer a member of the US-China Business Council]

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Article
26 March 2007

New GLS Report: Undue Influence: Corporations Gain Ground in Battle over China's New Labor Law

Author: Global Labor Strategies

A new report by Global Labor Strategies...details how lobbying by American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AmCham), the United States-China Business Council, and U.S.-based global corporations have forced significant changes in contract, collective bargaining, severance, and other rights guaranteed for Chinese workers under a law to be voted on later this year... Undue Influence reveals that while publicly claiming to support the new legislation, companies like Wal-Mart, Microsoft, Google, General Electric and others have launched an unpublicized new attack demanding further gutting of the law's most important provisions... Nike has virtually repudiated the efforts of the United States Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AmCham) to lobby against the law.

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Article
1 March 2007

[PDF] Appendices to Undue Influence: Corporations Gain Ground in Battle over China’s New Labor Law

Author: Global Labor Strategies

- "Appendix A: Voices from China" [includes comments by Chinese citizens on draft law]...
- "Appendix B: Corporate responses to Chinese Labor Law Controversy" [analyses responses to previous Global Labor Strategies report by Ericsson, General Electric, Google, Intel, Nike, Nokia, Procter & Gamble, PSA Peugeot-Citroën, Shell, Tesco; lists non-responding companies: AT&T, Carrefour, DuPont, Maersk (part of A.P. Moller - Maersk), Microsoft, Total, UPS, Wal-Mart, Walt Disney (which has since responded), ABB]...
- "Appendix C: October 31, 2006 Congressional Letter to President George Bush" [signed by 27 members of US Congress]...
- "Appendix D: United States-China Business Council Critique of GLS and GLS’s Reply"

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1 March 2007

[PDF] full report: "Undue Influence: Corporations Gain Ground in Battle over China's New Labor Law"

Author: Global Labor Strategies

Corporations operating in China are claiming success in pressuring the Chinese government to weaken or abandon significant pro-worker reforms it had proposed... Now both the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AmCham) and the US-China Business Council have launched an unpublicized new attack demanding further weakening of the law... Nike has virtually repudiated the efforts of the United States Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AmCham) to lobby against the law. And the E.U. Chamber of Commerce has reversed its opposition to the law and renounced its threat that its member companies may leave China... [analyses company responses to previous Global Labor Strategies report from Ericsson, General Electric, Google, Intel, Nokia, Procter & Gamble, Shell, Tesco; highlights refusal to respond by AT&T, Carrefour, UPS, Wal-Mart; also refers to American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai members Dell, Ford, Microsoft]

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