Category Archives: Texts

Preface of the German edition of “Inside China’s Automobile Factories”

This preface was written by the editor of the German version of Zhang Lu’s book Inside China’s Automobile Factories. Continue reading

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The Foxconn Con

Insurgent Notes published two articles on the announced Foxconn investment in the USA. Continue reading

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Unrest in China’s Car Factories

We created a new page to collect material on auto workers’ protests in China. Continue reading

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Has the Workers’ Protest at FAW-VW Ended?

At the close of 2017, the yearlong temporary agency workers’ protest for equal pay at FAW-VW’s Changchun plant seemed to have ended. On December 21, FAW-VW suddenly offered all the temporary agency workers five-year contracts, inserting the condition that workers had to confirm all remuneration issues during their employment period through the temporary agency had been cleared up. Continue reading

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“The Germans don’t care. So it’s on us to fight!”

Short article describing the struggle of temporary workers at the FAW-VW joint venture in China who demand equal pay and get criminalized while elsewhere VW workers’ struggles erupt. Continue reading

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Factory Stories: Preface to the Inland Workers issue

In this issue, we mainly look closely at inland provinces, i.e. [China’s] Midwest, but also to China’s relatively backward Northern coastal provinces where in the past few years the manufacturing industry has been developing at an increased pace. The majority of the workers in these provinces are locals, and among them are some workers with work experience in other regions, such as coastal industrial areas, who have returned to their hometowns for a range of reasons. Continue reading

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Factory Stories: Notes on the work in two factories in Shenzhen

This worker’s story by Guishugan Zai Na was published in Factory Stories #6 (November 2012): I am from Sichuan. My family situation was not good because my father was ill all the time. After finishing school, I came to Shenzhen and started working for a Taiwanese electronics factory. I was hired just outside the factory gate. All the products were for export. Continue reading

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Factory Stories: Some ‘big issues’ related to money

This worker’s story by Wan Jie was published in Factory Stories, #6 (November 2012): Continue reading

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Factory Stories: Overtime pay

This worker’s story by Lai Lai was published in Factory Stories, Factory Management (November 2014): “Because the warehouse has been running a lot better, the warehouse clerks in charge went to the boss to demand a pay rise. When they raised the matter, the boss frowned.” Continue reading

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Factory Stories: Overtime trouble

This worker’s story by Lin Yi was published in Factory Stories, Factory Management (November 2014): “I returned to work three days after Lunar New Year, and at the meeting our department chief solemnly announced that production capacity would double this year, and since it looks like business will be better everybody will have to do more overtime.” Continue reading

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