Saturday, October 21, 2006

China's move to strengthen workers' rights is undermined by U.S. corporations

From A human rights weblog 20 Oct 2006:
Last week, the New York Times reported that U.S.-based corporations are trying to stop a proposed law that would protect Chinese workers.

China's new draft labor policy would crack down on sweatshop abuse and strengthen important human and labor rights by improving pay, treatment, health and safety, and other standards for Chinese workers.

However, U.S. corporations such as Wal-Mart, Google, UPS, Microsoft, Nike, AT&T, and Intel, acting through U.S. business organizations like the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and the U.S.-China Business Council are actively lobbying against the new labor legislation. And they're threatening to take their factories elsewhere.

1 comment:

ChinaLawBlog said...

It is much more complicated than this makes it out to be. The MNCs oppose the portion of the new law that makes it nearly impossible to fire even bad workers and they are also concerned about it being applied only to foreign companies. I do not think they are complaining about the more basic aspects of it.