This map tells the story of Samsung Electronics' Supply Chains and their working condition across Asia. It shows cases of occupational ill and victims in several Asian countries and key issues including labour union busting by Samsung companies and its suppliers and violence towards workers, among others.
The content of this book is upon of the discussion in the Fourth Asian Roundtable on Social Security meeting which was co-organised by AMRC and the University of Philippines in Manila. The book includes country reports on social protection in Asia, overview on the road to social protection in Asia, outcome of the conference, among others. The book serves to provide comprehensive information on social protection for all from the labour perspective in Asia.
Referring to the four phases of the transformation of the zone, the third phase, the establishment of the SEZ in China, transformed the general understanding of the concept of an economic zone. The zone became a laboratory for economic and political change and explicitly political. The chapter on China SEZs by Apo Leong and Surendra Pratap captures the development of the zone in Chinafrom its earliest days to the latest political developments in 2011.
A group of labour leaders and activists from seven Asian countries gathered to share experiences regarding “Strengthening Freedom of Association in Asia: Strategies and Mechanisms”, co-hosted by Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC) and the Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR). Aggressive union-busting and violent repression of organizing have been among the chief problems faced by Asian labour organizations when they organize workers in defense of their labour rights – with gross impunity even in cases where such rights are clearly constitutiona
The book provides an analysis that capital mobility has become major and underlying factor of the precarity of workers in Asia. The chapters - case studies on Japan, China, Philippines and Thailand - illustrate that workers’ collective bargaining power has declined which can be seen in the intensification of irregularisation, union busting actions, company closures, and massive dismissal of workers reported across the region. In many cases, this condition has resulted in the weakening of militancy of workers in countries that used to be dynamic actors in the labour rights movement.
This report is a survey of the Chinese working women's reproductive health and rights in the garment sector. A sample survey was carried out in the garment industry in China’s Pearl River Delta. This survey sought to better understand the situation of women workers’ reproductive health and rights, analyze several different factors affecting these rights, and make recommendations for further action. This report is available for download in both English and Chinese. Please click on links below to get the full version of report.
The Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC) was commissioned by the International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF) to conduct a pilot investigation of industrial relations and working conditions in IMF-related sectors in China in 2006. An investigation team made up of Hong Kong and China-based labour researchers was formed to conduct field research into the working conditions inside 27 foreign-invested factories, and gather secondary material regarding the development and performance of IMF industries.
Since 2008 the Labour Contract Law has been implemented by the Chinese government to strengthen workers’ rights and regulate the increasingly unstable labour relations in the country. However, this initiative did not help forestall a new slew of strikes while China is on its path of economic recovery from the global recession. Consequently, the Chinese government has recently been compelled to come up with new attempt to pacify the disgruntled workers by trying to strengthen the workplace collective bargaining mechanism.
Three major trends have developed in China over the past two decades that affect the lives of both rural and urban women workers:
• The massive increase in foreign direct investment (FDI) and a huge number of foreign invested enterprises (FIE) set up in export procdessing zones (EPZ) along the coast, hiring millions of young rural women.
• The massive lay-offs (of whom 70 percent are women) and privatisations in the state-owned sector that lead to rapid disappearance of basic labour rights and protection for the working population.