This enlightening book provides the first systematic introduction to, and exploration of, the emerging system of industrial relations in China, and draws on the authors' extensive research and direct involvement in the developments taking place. The authors argue that there are both unifying and fragmenting elements to the ongoing development of industrial relations, but overall it is one in which the state continues to maintain a major, and direct, influence. Divisions between workers and managers may be escalating with increased open conflicts, but this book reveals that the picture is far more complex and contradictory than to assume that the solution is convergence with western style industrial relations systems. They conclude that industrial relations institutions and processes still act within a political context and with the guiding hand of the Chinese Communist party.
Industrial Relations in China draws on up-to-date material and will ensure the book's appeal to industrial relations and Chinese scholars. It will also appeal to a wider audience of Asian labour and development studies scholars.
Bill Taylor, Associate Professor, Department of Public and Social Administration, City University of Hong Kong, Kai Chang, Professor, Faculty of Labour and Human Resource Management, People's University, Beijing, China and Qi Li, formerly Associate Professor, Faculty of Labour Economics, Capital University of Economics and Business, Beijing, China
Contents: 1. Introduction Part I: Institutional Arrangements 2. The Role of Government 3. Enterprises and Managers 4. Workers 5. Trade Unions Part II: Industrial Relations Processes 6. Participation 7. Labour Conflict and Settlement 8. Collective Contract 9. Conclusion References Index