Cao, X and Meng, Q (2016) Dockworkers’ resistance and union reform within China’s globalised seaport industry. Globalizations, 14 (2). pp. 272-284. ISSN 1474-774X

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This study examines the prominent 2013 Yantian dock strike in China and analyses the main factors contributing to the dockers’ successful campaign. It finds that the dockers’ capacity to take strike action mainly derives from their bargaining power, including structural power such as workplace bargaining power and logistical power, and their institutional power such as workers’ sense of moral power. More importantly, the event shows that the extent of dockworkers’ resistance, workplace union reform, and employers’ response were shaped by the globalisation of production in China’s seaport industry and the transformation of political economy in East Asia.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Taylor & Francis at Please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: dockers, strike, union reform, China
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: 17 Jun 2016 09:13
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2018 08:37

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