chapter  5
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The Contractualisation of Labour Relations

Towards the end of 1984, the set of experimental policies of economic reform implemented during the initial years of readjustment resulted in major official recognition of the new nature of the Chinese economic system. The ‘Decision on Economic Structural Reform’ adopted by the Third Plenary Session of the twelfth Central Committee in October ‘summed up,’ in the official words of Hu Sheng,

the experience of economic structural reform since the third plenary session of the 11th Central Committee, put forward and elaborated more systematically a series of important questions, both theoretical and practical, concerning this issue. It is a programmatic document for carrying out overall economic structural reform.1