To The Workers! –A Young Leftist Student Led Her Fellow Chinese Workers To Fight For Better Lives

Qian Benli

A female worker representative in an auto parts factory, who was democratically elected by her fellow rank and file workers and is fighting bravely against the management, has recently become an icon in the circles of labor activists and lefties in China. This young heroine’s name is Shen Mengyu, who is also a graduate of Sun Yat-sen University and holds a master’s degree in mathematics and computational science. The contrast between her career choice and outstanding academic qualification aroused broader curiosity and discussion on social media as well. Continue reading To The Workers! –A Young Leftist Student Led Her Fellow Chinese Workers To Fight For Better Lives

The Relationship between Labour NGOs and Chinese Workers in an Authoritarian Regime

Anita Chan’s, The Relationship between Labour NGOs and Chinese Workers in an Authoritarian Regime, is an important recent article that discusses the role of labour Non-governmental organisations (LNGOs) in China and how their relationships with workers have changed over the past three decades. Chan explains how in a situation where the party-state’s All-China Federation of Trade Unions has hardly changed its function, and continues to work with government and management, the role of LNGOs as an alternative in assisting workers’ labour protection has moved from one of dependency to one of a more equal partnership with Hong Kong LNGOs and overseas funders. Moreover, despite the increasingly repressive political environment, as signified by the series of crackdowns on NGO activists, as well as the implementation of the Overseas NGO Management Law in 2017, some workers have been more successful with autonomous organizing. Continue reading The Relationship between Labour NGOs and Chinese Workers in an Authoritarian Regime