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The ACFTU and Chinese Industrial Relations

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Zhining Ma

In the context of China’s growing influence over the global economy, its newly developed labour market and the subsequent series of industrial relations issues have captured much attention. However, research on industrial relations and labour problems in China is relatively underdeveloped. The classic three-party industrial relations model, which was developed for western economies, has been difficult to apply to China’s circumstances.
In light of this, this book reviews the relevant existing industrial relations theories and explores their applicability to China. It then proposes a new six-party taxonomy for the analysis of China’s union system and industrial relations, taking into account distinctive industrial relations actors with ‘Chinese characteristics’ and their interrelationships at different social levels. This new taxonomy is then used to provide a broader picture of evolving industrial relations in China.

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Contents Figures and Tables vii Preface ix Acknowledgements xi Chapter One A New Taxonomic Approach for Analysing Chinese Industrial Relations 1 Chapter Two The Party-state, ACFTU and Employers’ Associations: Chinese Industrial Relations Actors above the Workplace Level 29 Chapter Three Grass Roots Unions and Employers: Chinese Institutional Industrial Relations Actors at the Workplace Level 75 Chapter Four The Chinese Employee Class 105 Chapter Five Interactions among the Party-state, ACFTU and Employers’ Associations 129 vi Chapter Six Interactions among Grass Roots Unions, Employers and Employees 167 Chapter Seven Conclusions and Future Studies 205 Bibliography 219

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