Collective Awakening and Action of Chinese Workers : The 2010 Auto Workers' Strike and its Effects
The article discusses the 2010 strike wave in the Chinese auto industry as a product of the development of labor relations and workers’ consciousness following the Chinese market reforms. Through common experiences in the production process and collective actions, Chinese nongmingong (peasant workers) have begun to develop a new collective consciousness. It has driven efforts to establish independent worker organizations and reform the official unions and the state labor system. In the short and medium term, the power of the collective actions of Chinese workers can be expected to increase further. A group of labor organizers is in the making.