Updated: 06/11/2014 13:00 | By Agence France-Presse

China in rare ruling favouring strikers: report

A Chinese committee has ruled against an employer who fired 40 workers for going on strike, state-media said Wednesday, highlighting rising labour activism in the world's second largest economy.


China in rare ruling favouring strikers: report

Police maintain a presence and guard outside the Yue Yuan shoe factory on April 28, 2014 after a two-week strike by workers - by Mark Ralston

A manufacturer in the eastern Chinese province of Fujian sacked 40 workers in March for going on strike the previous month, the state run Global Times daily said.

China's ruling Communist Party is wary of an independent labour movement, so only allows one government-linked trade union, which in the past has acted to prevent workers from striking.

But analysts say that in recent years workers have become more empowered as labour shortages turn bargaining power in their favour -- though strikers still risk police detention.

A government labour panel ruled that the dismissals in Fujian were illegal, said the report, citing Chinese media outlet Caixin. It added that the employer would appeal.

It quoted China Institute of Industrial Relations scholar Wang Jiangsong as saying that the ruling "will give other workers and their lawyers confidence as they can view it as a guideline when handling labour dispute cases".

In a separate matter, prosecutors on Monday withdrew a case against factory worker Wu Guijun who was detained for more than a year over a protest in southern Guangdong province, the China Labour Bulletin reported.

The Hong Kong-based NGO estimates that labour disputes have surged 30 percent year-on-year in January-March, thanks partly to a labour shortage and strikers' increased use of social media to organise.

Around 30,000 workers at a Chinese factory run by Taiwanese firm Yue Yuen, which calls itself the world's largest branded footwear manufacturer, in April held one of China's largest strikes in several decades.

Latest Photo Galleries on xinmsn

NEWS VIDEOS

MORE NEWS VIDEOS

facebook recommendations

LIVE NEWS RADIO STREAMING

  • 938 Live

    938LIVE is Singapore's only English news and talk station which transmits round the clock with an engaging and enticing spread of programmes on current affairs, health, business and lifestyle as well as news every half hour until midnight.

  • Capital 958


    95.8FM城市频道的前身是"第三广播网"。上个世纪30年代末,新加坡就有中文广播,一路走来经过不少政治,社会局势的改变,中文广播在本地一直扮演举足轻重的角色。