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April 22, 2010

China Labor Rights Panel, Monday, April 26, 2:00pm

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MONDAY, April 26th, 2010, 2:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Free and open to the public.

Xiang CHING (Executive Director, Pearl River Workers Service Center)
In conversation with Mary Gallagher (Director of the Center for Chinese Studies and Professor of Political Science)
along with Manfred Elfstrom (International Labor Rights Forum staffer)

Presented by the Center for Chinese Studies and Michigan China Fellows:

The Pearl River Delta region strikes the world as being a place of dramatic tension—economic growth has been rapid while protection for migrant workers’ rights is minimal. According to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, labor disputes in this region for 2005 accounted for nearly 20% of the total number of cases handled nationwide. The law sought to tighten job security, restrict the number of workers dismissed, and guarantee one month’s severance pay for each year of employment. However, as the global financial crisis hit the Pearl River Delta region, what happened to the workers on the world’s factory floor? How are Chinese workers responding to the crisis and to their country’s changing economy and laws?

Founded in 2004, the Pearl River Workers Service Center is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to advocating improved labor rights for migrant workers. The Center supports the rights and interests of migrant workers by providing legal consultation, document services, legal training, hospital visits, and cultural recreation.

All are welcome to attend. Snacks, coffee and tea will be served.
For more information please contact Yan Long (longyan@umich.edu).

Posted by zzhu at April 22, 2010 02:52 PM