Report on Industrial Relations and Working Conditions in IMF-related TNCs in China

Abstract The International Metalworkers’ Federation(IMF) commissioned research on industrial relations and working conditions in metal sector transnational companies in China to examine the current situation. The research finds most workers surveyed as part of the study at foreign invested plants in China have very little understanding of what a trade union is or its capacity to represent workers’ interests. The research also found that while working conditions at foreign invested metal sector plants are better than average factory working conditions in China, only one third of factories surveyed had a trade union present. The investigation included research into the working conditions inside 27 factories with foreign investors including Daimler Chrysler, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Toyota, Nokia, Delphi, Bosch, General Electrics, Electrolux, Panasonic and Flexitronics. The research was undertaken by the Hong Kong-based Asian Monitor Research Centre. IHLO was one of the local research partners and IHLO staff formed part of the steering group wroking on the project.
Author Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC) and International Metalworkers’ Federation(IMF)
8 Energy Intensive Industries, 8.5.2 Metalwork