Restructuring of the Honda Auto Parts Union in Guongdong, China: A 2-year Assessment of the 2010 Strike

Abstract Since the 1990s, Chinese workers at state-owned enterprises had put up many fights against privatization but with lackluster results. The migrant workers, on the other hand, have mostly been a silent majority, putting up with appalling working conditions. Though resistances among some of them have often arisen, most of these are spontaneous and not organized. However, the CHAM workers had been successful not only in winning an increase in their wages but also pushing the government and the company to agree to a revamp of the workplace union after a 19-day strike in 2010. The CHAM case attracted international concern on the potential rise of the Chinese workers’ power and this also pushed the ACFTU to make further reform. Yet, the question remains— does the re-elected Honda trade union really represent the workers? In this article, we will reveal the truth about the ACFTU’s engineered reform of the Honda trade union through workers interviews and data analysis.
Author Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society (WUSA) Vol. 15, Issue 4 28/12/2012
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