Chinese Workers and the Law: Misplaced Trust?

Ivan Franceschini

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    In recent years, much has been written about the 'rights awakening' (quanli de juexing) of Chinese workers. But what kind of rights are we talking about? Do they respond to an entirely subjective concept of justice or do they somehow coincide with the entitlements provided by the labour legislation? On the basis of a survey carried out among 1,379 employees of Italian metal mechanic companies in China, this article will attempt to answer three key questions: how do Chinese workers perceive the labour contract? How much do they know about labour legislation and how does this knowledge affect their trust of the law? What do they think about going on strike as a strategy to protect their rights?
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)16-19
    JournalMade in China
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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