Chinese Labor Protest and Trade Unions

Authored by: Jenny Chan , Ngai Pun , Mark Selden

The Routledge Companion to Labor and Media

Print publication date:  July  2015
Online publication date:  July  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415837446
eBook ISBN: 9780203404119
Adobe ISBN: 9781135042493


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Foxconn Technology Group, a Taiwanese-owned transnational corporation founded in Taipei in 1974, holds more than 50 percent of the market share in global electronics manufacturing. 1 Its 1.4 million workers in China are comprised mostly of rural migrants in their late teens to twenties. This chapter considers their struggle for labor rights, the nature of union representation at the giant firm, and the joint responsibility of the enterprise and government for the protection of workers.

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