Labour unrest in China continuing to increase

As reported previously, while trade unions are strictly controlled in China, activism and independent organising in is increasing as more and more workers protest against low pay, unsafe work conditions and long working hours. Recently there have been high profile strikes at the Cuiheng bag factory in Zhongshan and at the Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings shoe factory in Shenzhen. Due to the increasing use of social media, news of strike actions is now more readily publicised. This greater willingness to stand up for their rights is extending to civil society as the recent mass protests in Luoding city have shown.