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China in rare ruling favouring strikers: report

Author: AFP, Published on: 11 June 2014

A Chinese committee has ruled against an employer who fired 40 workers for going on strike…highlighting rising labour activism in the world's second largest economy. A manufacturer in the …province of Fujian sacked 40 workers in March for going on strike the previous month...[A]nalysts say that in recent years workers have become more empowered as labour shortages turn bargaining power in their favour -- though strikers still risk police detention. A government labour panel ruled that the dismissals in Fujian were illegal, said the report, citing Chinese media outlet Caixin. It added that the employer would appeal. It quoted China Institute of Industrial Relations scholar Wang Jiangsong as saying that the ruling "will give other workers and their lawyers confidence as they can view it as a guideline when handling labour dispute cases"...

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