Emergence of Shop-Floor Industrial Relations in China

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Workers’ Participation at Plant Level
EditorsStefan Berger, Ludger Pries, Manfred Wannöffel
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter15
Pages283-300
ISBN (Electronic)9781137481924
ISBN (Print)9781137481917
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Abstract

Throughout the history of China’s industrial relations, the state has played a dominant role. Employers, although diverse in forms of ownership, size, and history, have tended to be rather passive players in shop-floor industrial relations, making the relationship between workers and the state of primary importance. Workers, who have often been characterized as passive prior to the twentieth century, have pushed for improvements through widespread and escalating conflicts, which bypass employers and ‘negotiate’ directly with the government. The Chinese Communist Party has mobilized or suppressed workers through direct government apparatus to promote changes meant to maintain hegemony. The planned period’s use of ritualized workplace participation has given way to a combination of simple wage labor relations and high turnover of insecure labor, interposed with labor struggles.

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Emergence of Shop-Floor Industrial Relations in China. / Taylor, Bill.

The Palgrave Handbook of Workers’ Participation at Plant Level. ed. / Stefan Berger; Ludger Pries; Manfred Wannöffel . New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. p. 283-300.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review