Saturday, October 20, 2018

The China Strike Map

The ever growing manufacturing and construction industries in China have worked wonders for the Chinese economy and for the large number of Chinese billionaires who have struck it rich on the back of this industrial strength.

Unfortunately the average Chinese worker has not substantially benefited from the thriving economy. In fact they are often forced to work in what can only be described as inhuman conditions. Workers in Chinese factories often work 11 hour days, six days a week and can be paid a lot less than a dollar an hour. To do this they often live in dormitory conditions and very rarely get to see their families.

China does have labour laws but these labour laws are widely ignored. One response to the harsh working conditions, poor pay and ignored labour laws has been the growing number of wildcat strikes by workers in China. These strikes are most often not reported by the Chinese media. Which is why the China Labour Bulletin's Strike Map is so important.

The CLB Strike Map plots strikes across China. The map's default view shows the location of labour strikes over the previous six months. However you can change the dates of the strikes on the map, which is particularly useful in tracking the number of strikes reported to the China Labour Bulletin over time. You can also filter the results shown on the map by industry and by the number of strikers participating in a strike.

The China Labour Bulletin also produce an interactive China Work Accident Map, which tracks injuries and deaths which occur in Chinese factories and other places of work.

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