"The Chinese draft contract law - a global debate" (scroll to pg. 12)

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25 April 2007

[PDF] The Chinese draft contract law - a global debate [scroll to pg. 12]

Author: Hélène Ahlberger Le Deunff, in CSR Asia

The responses of European and US industry associations to the draft Chinese labour contract law stirred up a great deal of controversy around the world...As labour activists rightly point out, the image of multinationals as it emerges from the debate is in clear contradiction with the principles of corporate social responsibility that they have been advocating for years. The answers submitted by foreign multinationals to the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre are interesting in this regard. Significantly, companies such as Intel, Ericsson, PSA Peugeot-Citroën and Nike answer by mentioning their CSR engagement and efforts.

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24 April 2007

False Representation?

Author: Global Labor Strategies

In a statement posted on its website...the US-China Business Council (USCBC) alleges that “...Global Labor Strategies has repeatedly mischaracterized the...USCBC position on China's proposed new Labor Contract Law”... In a letter to the Washington Post April 17 it charges GLS with “misrepresentation.” On the contrary, it is the USCBC that is misrepresenting GLS. [refers to McDonald's, Yum Brands (owner of KFC, Pizza Hut)]

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3 April 2007

In Fear Of Chinese Democracy

Author: [opinion column] Harold Meyerson, Washington Post

Listen to the apostles of free trade, and you'll learn that once consumer choice comes to authoritarian regimes, democracy is sure to follow... As a theory of revolution, [this] rule leaves a lot to be desired. Shanghai is swimming in Starbucks, yet...the [Chinese] regime soldiers on... Which is why the conduct of America's corporate titans in China is so disquieting. There, since March of last year, the government has been considering a labor law that promises a smidgen of increase in workers' rights... [The] American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and the U.S.-China Business Council embarked on a major campaign to kill these tepid reforms... In its public comments on the proposed law, [General Electric] declared that it strongly preferred "consultation" with workers to "securing worker representative approval" on a range of its labor practices. Based on a second draft of the law, completed in December, it looks like American businesses have substantially prevailed. [also refers to American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai members Microsoft, Dell, Ford]

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