Factory Stories

On the Conditions and Struggles in Chinese Workplaces
by Hao Ren et al. (2012–2015)

English | EspañolPortuguês | 中文

Since 2012 reports about the conditions and struggles in factories around the Pearlriver delta have been published in the magazine Factory Stories (工厂龙门阵 gongchang longmenzhen). Please, read the preface of the 1st issue on the motivation. We publish stories and reports from the magazine in English here… and will add more in the future.

factory-stories-cover-1Factory Stories #1 (1|2012)

Labor shortage and layoffs
One day
Looking back on twenty years in factories in Shenzhen

factory-stories-cover-2Factory Stories #2 (3|2012)

Let’s talk about the ‘labor shortage’

factory-stories-cover-3Factory Stories #3 (5|2012)

Decoding “short-term work”
Hire and fire
Visiting the Industrial Zone at Home

factory-stories-cover-4Factory Stories #4 (7|2012)

Will you make payments to a pension insurance fund?
In the dorm
Factory moods – Two stories

factory-stories-cover-5Factory Stories #5 (9|2012)

Will you make payments to a pension insurance fund? – State policy and workers’ misgivings

factory-stories-cover-6Factory Stories #6 (11|2012)

The conflict of interests between the state, capital, and workers regarding social insurance
Some ‘big issues’ related to money
Notes on the work in two factories in Shenzhen


factory-stories-cover-7Factory Stories #7 (4|2013)

The Fu Factory Palace

factory-stories-cover-managementFactory Stories: Factory Management (11|2014)

Management in the factory
There is no such thing as fully used work time
Getting through security
Three conflicts and one talk

Overtime trouble
Overtime pay

factory-stories-cover-inland-workersFactory Stories: Inland Workers (10|2015)