The Politics of Labour Legislation in Southern China: How Foreign Chambers of Commerce and Government Agencies Influence Collective Bargaining Laws

TitleThe Politics of Labour Legislation in Southern China: How Foreign Chambers of Commerce and Government Agencies Influence Collective Bargaining Laws
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsHui, Elaine Sio-ieng, and Chan, Chris King- Chi
JournalInternational Labour Review
Volume153
Issue4
Pagination587 - 607
Date Published2014
Keywordschamber of commerce, China, collective bargaining, comment, foreign capital, globalization, labor legislation, trade
Abstract

In 2010, labour protests spread across China, sparked by the Honda workers' strike. Hoping to pacify the aggrieved workers, the Shenzhen and Guangdong governments resumed discussion of the suspended draft Shenzhen Collective Consultation Ordinance and the Guangdong Regulations on the Democratic Management of Enterprises. However, following strong opposition from foreign chambers of commerce, discussion was once again suspended. The authors show that two factors determine how foreign chambers of commerce and government agencies influence labour legislation in southern China: the position in global production chains of the firms they represent, and the relevant industrial relations model.