The Chinese Working Class in the Global Capitalist Crisis
Revolutionary Mass Strike or a New Bureaucratic Containment?
Publisher: Break Their Haughty Power
Year Published: 2015
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX18604
By 2012, there were upwards of 100,000 incidents of popular unrest per year, ranging from strikes to riots to confrontations with local authorities over rural land seizures and real estate development. 2014 saw the highest number of strikes (12,000) ever, quite outside the control of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU), the discredited state-sponsored union. The regime has thus far been successful in keeping these struggles dispersed and localized, aimed at local authorities rather than the central government. Environmental destruction, pollution and health hazards are also increasingly at issue.