Strikes in China are surging with the electronics and garment workers at the forefront, according to a report by the Chinese Labour Bulletin (CLB).
In an article published in Nikkei Asia, CLB reported that the workers’ strikes and protests increased sharply in 2023. Out of the total actions, 741 cases are during the first half of the year alone, compared to just 830 for the entire year of 2022. The monitoring organisation projects that protests by the end of 2023 could reach at least 1,300.
Factory shutdowns and relocations in regions including the Guangdong province have contributed to the massive increase. Record shows that 66 protests were held at electronics factories and 38 at garment and apparel factories during the first six months. The figures are more than half already of all manufacturing sector protests.
Many of the striking workers’ videos are uploaded in Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok.
Read more at here. You can also check the CLB’s Strike Map for the month of August in electronics industry.