Experiments in Transforming the Global Workplace: Incentives for and Impediments to Improving Workplace Conditions in China

TitleExperiments in Transforming the Global Workplace: Incentives for and Impediments to Improving Workplace Conditions in China
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsO’Rourke, D., and Brown, G. D.
JournalInternational Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Volume9
Pagination378 - 385
KeywordsChina, Corporate Codes of Conduct, health and safety, labor practices, multinationals, regulation, safety, worker representation, workers’ rights, workplace conditions, workplace protections
Abstract

This article highlights current economic conditions in China and analyzes existing obstacles to improving workplace conditions and labor practices. There are significant disincentives to strengthening workplace protections, and downward pressures are currently worsening conditions in a number of economic sectors. However, there are also potential strategies for motivating multinational corporations (MNCs) and Chinese government agencies to improve workplace conditions and to implement international and national laws and corporate codes of conduct. Four key principles are discussed that hold promise for creating incentives and sustainable mechanisms to improve factory conditions: transparency, verification, and accountability for MNCs and Chinese government agencies, and greatly strengthening worker participation.
 

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