To keep affiliates informed about the situation in China, the IMF engaged the Asian Monitor Research Centre to study the development of the metal industry, industrial relations and wages and working conditions in China. The results of this study are presented in this AMRC report.

The report includes an overview of the industrial relations system in China today and an introductory look at China’s information and communication technology (ICT), electronics, electrical appliances, auto, shipbuilding and steel sectors. The report also presents the findings of field research on the working conditions in 27 foreign-invested factories operating in these sectors. The conclusions of this report indicate that the working condition at the surveyed foreign-invested companies were consistently better than average factory working conditions.

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