The new academic year is upon us, and a fresh MA labour & TU studies group is just about to start at Ruskin - when I have a pic of the new cohort I'll post it here.
In thinking through how best to frame for the new group what besets and promotes the opportunities for organised labout globally I am struck by an article by Ju Li (Binghampton Univ) in the September edition of that fantastic free resource the Global Labour Journal (http://digitalcommons.mcmaster.ca/globallabour/).
The article goes on to document the myriad ways in which labour protest manifests itself, and what the fundamental implications of this trend are. Li is not optimistic that labour protests in the state sector will be at the forefront of any trend towards the development of independent labour organisations. They are indeed however, part of a very interesting picture emerging from an economy vital to global capitalism.
If independent labour movements spring up here, the opportunities to challenge the worst excesses of capital in China are worth thinking about now.
You can read the full article here and you can investigate China using different links from this blog including the China Labour Bulletin:
Any thoughts/comments in reply are very welcome.
PS There have been several new books published recently on labour protest in China, email me and I can send details.