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China: Collective Bargaining, Collective Contracts, and Strikes

China: Collective Bargaining, Collective Contracts, and Strikes
Product Code - INAU01
Speaker(s): Mingwei Liu, Assistant Professor, Labor Studies and Employment Relations, Rutgers University; Jeffrey Wilson, Counsel, Jun He Law Offices
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While labor laws introduced since 2007 aim to strengthen the role of individual labor contracts to regulate the Chinese workplace, this effort has generally failed to resolve the rising number of disputes that involve groups of employees. Recent assertive action by enterprise unions and employees indicates that the government's unionization and collective contract campaigns may be starting to take hold. Strikes are not only common; they are often tacitly approved by government authorities. These developments pose significant challenges for employers in terms of negotiating wages and benefits, as well as successfully completing restructuring and acquisitions.

Join us for a webinar exploring these issues and more, featuring Professor Mingwei Liu of Rutgers University, who has conducted extensive field research and large-scale workplace surveys on labor and HR issues in China, and Jeffrey Wilson, of Jun He Law Offices, whose firm is active in representing multinational companies in collective bargaining and industrial disputes in cities across China.

Drawing on case examples, the following topics will be covered:

  • Recent union organizing and bargaining activities, especially campaigns targeting multinational companies
  • The evolution of unions as legitimate representatives of employees and bargaining equals to employers
  • Strategies for employers engaging in collective bargaining and resolving strikes
  • The role labor bureaus in collective bargaining and strikes
  • Possible developments and trends in union and collective bargaining practice and legislation

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Mingwei Liu, Assistant Professor, Labor Studies and Employment Relations, Rutgers University; Jeffrey Wilson, Counsel, Jun He Law Offices

Mingwei Liu
is Assistant Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at the School of Management and Labor Relations of Rutgers University. He received a Ph.D. degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University. His research interests fall into two broad areas. The first is Asian industrial relations, with a specific focus on Chinese employment relations, trade unions, human resource management, and skill development. The second is high performance work practices, with a specific focus on the healthcare and heavy machinery industries.


Professor Liu has published his research in journals such as Industrial and Labor Relations Review and British Journal of Industrial Relations and contributed chapters to books such as From Iron Rice-bowl to Informalization: Markets, State, and Workers in a Changing China, China's Changing Workplace, and Negotiating for Social Justice.


Professor Liu has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State, the International Labor Organization, the AFL-CIO, the Solidarity Center, as well as multinational corporations and Chinese national firms.


Jeffrey Wilson is counsel at Jun He Law Offices and a member of the firm's labor practice. His practice is limited to China labor matters, and he regularly advises on unions, collective bargaining, labor contract issues, employee benefits, and labor disputes. Mr. Wilson received his undergraduate degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He received his J.D. and an M.A. in Chinese Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle. He has also studied Mandarin at National Taiwan University.


Mr. Wilson has spoken widely on PRC employment law in China and the United States to groups including the Conference Board, the Economist Network, Association of Corporate Counsel, American Chamber of Commerce (Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Dalian, Guangzhou), and European Chamber of Commerce in China (Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Shenyang, Chongqing, Chengdu).


He has been quoted by the Financial Times and the Asian Wall Street Journal, on Chinese employment and labor law issues.  He has also helped the American Chamber of Commerce in China draft position papers for the National People's Congress and State Council regarding a wide range of employment and labor related laws and regulations.


Mr. Wilson is currently an adjunct professor in International and Comparative Labor Law at Shanghai University of Finance & Economics.