"this is the evidence of growing boldness by Chinese labor and small business to demand concessions of employers and governments,local and national"
The Chinese government's policies have hightened the disparities in china.
Its policies are systemically squeezing out small businesses that are on the low end whilst giving room to high - valued firms to expand. Imagine the impact on these businesses, many of which have folded up and yet have dependants to care for and so on.
I think it's about time this is aired around the world. This may force the hand of the government to act.
In china there are vivid disparities between the rural and urban areas. Life in cities has surely been improving fast and many Chinese are living in conditions comparable to those in the developed countries. But many things remain to be done especially in the manufacturing industries.
I have some friends in China, they increased the salary even 400% in less than a year and some of them have brand new cars and few of then even two houses, if you visit a city and visit again after 2 year, you will find a new city and development for new changes.
@Hospice, I do certainly agree that labor disputes aren't some new amazing unprecedented thing.
While the recent news is troubling and perhaps a possible indicator of future problems, the truth is that no location is perfect and that you won't be able to avoid labor unrest and growing wages simply by packing your bags and leaving China.
China isn't going anywhere. Will we see more investment in "alternative" nations in the coming years? Absolutely. And sure, these events do make other markets seem more enticing, but you know what they say about the grass always being greener on the other side...
"Some unrest in Asia means economy is growing and thus should improve the living standard."
Labor disputes are a fact of life in advanced and emerging socities and I agree that companies executive boards should be open to negociated settlements with the employees' unions. Asia workforce will surely be more productive in better working conditions. That's what I hope employers could understand.
I have two comments. One that looking for cheap and less strict labour rule is not the only requirement now-a-day but a qualified workforce, good infrastructure and big market opportunity is equally important...and Asia fits well. And asking for better work conditions and pays should not be looked as a bad sign but i would say a good sign because noone begs from beggers. Some unrest in Asia means economy is growing and thus should improve the living standard.
There is nothing wrong about asking for improvements at workplaces especially in China where uncompetitive wages are offered by foreign companies. China used to be famous for its cheap labour force, but this will change in the few years to come, and industrial companies just have to be aware of that.
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