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Cautious welcome for China labour law

Foreign chambers of commerce and labour activists...welcomed an overhaul of China’s labour law, but said poor implementation of existing laws meant it was unlikely to improve working conditions in the near future. The law...was passed...just weeks after a scandal over the discovery of slave-labour brick kilns in central China...In response to the scandal, a clause was added to the legislation mandating punishment for state officials who overlook or tolerate labour rights violations...The American and European chambers of commerce in Beijing praised the law...but were sceptical it would actually be enforced...The China Labour Bulletin, a Hong Kong-based NGO, said the law was “laudable” but agreed that without government en­force­ment, widespread labour abuses would continue.