Labour rights in China

Are strikes opening up for collective bargaining?

Speakers: Duan Yi, labour rights lawyer and well-known advocate of collective bargaining in China and labour rights activist Ma Yang

When: Monday 15 September,

Time: 19:15

Where: War on Want’s office 44-48 Shepherdess Walk, N1 7JP London.

This event is FREE but it is essential to RSVP due to limited spaces.


This is a unique opportunity to listen to insights into major changes affecting industrial relations in China. The talk is organised together with the Labour Movement Research Cluster at SOAS, University of London and War on Want.

Strikes are now a key driver of policy in China’s evolving labour relations system. Collective bargaining has emerged as an increasingly important instrument for the resolution of labour disputes. But key questions remain around the process, accountability and outcome of the bargaining and whether or not the agreements forged are sustainable.

Duan Yi founded Lao Wei, a law firm specialising in labour rights and providing advice to workers engaged in collective bargaining with their employers. Ma Yang founded the labour NGO On Action that has branches in Beijing, Wuhan and Suzhou with a wealth of experience in providing assistance on labour-related issues to internal migrant workers in China.

The speakers will present in Chinese with translation into English. There will be ample time for discussion. The discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Tim Pringle, SOAS Department of Development Studies.


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