Labour Contract Law 2014 cover

The Labour Contract Law of China, which aims at regulating employment and protecting workers’ legally abided rights, has been in controversy since its implementation in 2008. Recent trends in industries, such as factory relocation from well-developed coastal areas due to industrial upgrade and the subsequent labour disputes, also the employment of dispatched workers becoming popular in factories, show the need to strengthen legal protection for workers. An amendment of the Labour Contract Law was introduced in July 2013 to serve this function, but the effectiveness is yet to be observed.

As a grassroots labour organisation based in the Pearl River Delta, Worker Empowerment concerns about the welfare of workers in the manufacturing sector and supports their right-defending efforts. Therefore, following our long-time interest in the Labour Contract Law, a survey to investigate its implementation in the Pearl and Yangtze River Deltas was conducted in 2014, in order to have a better understanding of how the law works to protect workers, particularly the dispatched ones.

The full report is available for download.

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How Should Minimum Wage Promise a Decent Living for Workers? Report Abstract Shenzhen Dagongzhe Migrant Worker Centre February 2013   (click here for full report: 2013年調查報告 最低工资应如何保障工人体面生活) As a grassroots civil organisation concerning migrant workers in Shenzhen, the Shenzhen Dagongzhe Migrant Worker Centre (hereafter Dagongzhe) have been paying attention to work and living conditions of […]

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The following community report, which discusses the conditions of occupational safety and health in China and NGOs’ strategies to tackle the problems, was first presented in the annual meeting of Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims (ANROEV) in India in November 2011, by representatives from Labour Education and Service Network (LESN) and Worker Empowerment (WE).

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(click for full report with summary in Chinese: 2009年《劳动合同法》实施情况研究报告) The first survey on the implementation of China’s Labour Contract Law (LCL) in the Pearl River Delta region (PRD) was conducted by Dagongzhe Centre (DGZ) in April 2008. The DGZ conducted a follow up survey from 17 April to 20 May 2009. The survey this time […]

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