Lyddon, D and Cao, X and Meng, Q and Lu, J (2015) A strike of ‘unorganised’ workers in a Chinese car factory: the Nanhai Honda events of 2010. Industrial Relations Journal, 46 (2). 134 -152. ISSN 1468-2338

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Abstract

This strike in a Chinese factory of the Japanese multinational Honda in 2010 received worldwide coverage. A young workforce sustained an on–off strike, with varying numbers of workers involved, for 19 days. Academic interest has focused on prospects for collective bargaining and union reform in China. This article, using interviews with former strikers, and newspaper sources, analyses the strike process. The workplace union, as a constituent of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions and subject to the Chinese Party–state, was hostile; so the workers were in effect ‘unorganised’. Examples of non-union strikes in the interwar car industry of the USA and UK show the similarity of situation with the Honda workers. Hiller's classic text, The Strike, provides a surprisingly suitable framework for understanding strikes of unorganised workers. The strikers' vocabulary ‘framed’ their demands initially as injustice, but incorporated anti-Japanese sentiment and, then, dignity, in response to events.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: China, trade unions, strikes, industrial action, industrial relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Keele Management School
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2016 11:57
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2017 01:30
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/1881

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