Will Chinese ICT Workers Unite? — New Signs of Change in the Aftermath of the Global Economic Crisis
Getting the Message: Communications Workers and Global Value, a special issue of Work Organization, Labour and Globalisation, edited by Catherine McKercher, Vincent Mosco and Ursula Huws, Vol. 4 (2), pp. 60-82.
38 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2014
Date Written: March 25, 2014
Because tens of millions of Chinese industrial workers make up the backbone of the global information economy, whether Chinese ICT workers will unite domestically and internationally is a question of historic and political-economic significance. Although this question cannot be fully answered, it is important, as a first step towards a tentative evaluation, to examine recent cases of labour activism. Following bits and pieces of information about labour actions in the aftermath of the global economic downturn, this paper tries to trace new features of labour activism and to make sense of recent episodes of labour activism within broader changes in the labour market, the official trade union, and regional production networks.
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