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At the Roots of Labor Activism: Chinese and Cambodian Garment Workers in Comparative Perspective

Franceschini, Ivan

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In China extensive, co-ordinated strikes such as those that have taken place in Cambodia in recent years remain rare, with most protests initiated by Chinese workers contained inside single factories or industrial zones. Also, while Cambodian workers often mobilise for their interests and broader policy issues, such as the determination of the minimum wage, Chinese workers largely limit themselves to protests against violations of their legal rights. How can these different patterns of labour...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorFranceschini, Ivan
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-26T03:14:41Z
dc.identifier.citationIvan Franceschini (2018): At the Roots of Labour Activism: Chinese and Cambodian Garment Workers in Comparative Perspective, Journal of Contemporary Asia, DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2018.1555272
dc.identifier.issn0047-2336
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/186674
dc.description.abstractIn China extensive, co-ordinated strikes such as those that have taken place in Cambodia in recent years remain rare, with most protests initiated by Chinese workers contained inside single factories or industrial zones. Also, while Cambodian workers often mobilise for their interests and broader policy issues, such as the determination of the minimum wage, Chinese workers largely limit themselves to protests against violations of their legal rights. How can these different patterns of labour activism be explained? Through factory gate surveys and interviews conducted during the summer of 2016 in a sample of Hong Kong-owned garment factories in Dongguan and Phnom Penh, this study provides a comparative analysis of the root causes of labour activism in China and Cambodia. In particular, the article focuses on three elements that play an important role in determining labour activism: the expectations of the workers regarding wages; the workers’ perception of the labour law and the legal system; and trade union pluralism.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was supported by the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Skłodowska–Curie grant agreement No. 654852.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherSchmidt Periodicals
dc.rights© 2018 Journal of Contemporary Asia
dc.sourceJournal of Contemporary Asia
dc.subjectChina
dc.subjectCambodia
dc.subjectlabour protest
dc.subjecttrade unions
dc.subjectlabour law
dc.subjectwages
dc.titleAt the Roots of Labor Activism: Chinese and Cambodian Garment Workers in Comparative Perspective
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolumeOnline
dc.date.issued2018-12-23
local.identifier.absfor160606 - Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
local.identifier.absfor169903 - Studies of Asian Society
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5557297xPUB351
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.tandfonline.com
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationFranceschini, Ivan, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage144
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage167
local.identifier.doi10.1080/00472336.2018.1555272
local.identifier.absseo940299 - Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
dc.date.updated2019-12-19T07:43:35Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85059075490
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