Workers’ representation and voice
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Effective representation is essential to protecting and advancing workers’ rights and interests. In developing countries like China, effective representation may often be an aspiration rather than a reality due to ﬂ aws in the design and enforcement of the labour regulations, the weak bargaining power of the workers and the absence of effective organizing bodies such as trade unions to play the organizing and representation role. This chapter investigates the scope of workers’ rights as deﬁ ned in the labour legislation. It evaluates the role of various ofﬁ cial bodies that may be involved in organizing and representing workers. In particular, the governance structure, regulatory role and perceived efﬁ cacy of the trade unions are critically analysed in the context of radical state-sector reform, the emergence of a market economy and the changing proﬁ le of union constituency. The chapter also investigates new initiatives and modes of organizing from the ACFTU in response to the new dynamics in employment relations and the rising level of labour disputes, notably in the export-oriented manufacturing sector. Finally, it examines the various forms of workers’ self-organizing and their impact, with particular reference to the unprecedented number of strike events in foreignfunded manufacturing plants across the country in 2010.