At a time when Chinese workers are challenging their government in unprecedented ways, gaining wages and demanding unions independent of the government; when ethnic tensions are rising in Tibet and in Xinjiang among Uighurs; and when, more than ever, China's economy is challenging those in the West including the U.S.'s--come hear a speaker who has been writing of the situation in China from a revolutionary perspective for over 30 years.
Speaker: Bob McGuire, author of “Flames of revolt in China,” and “China 20 years after Tiananmen Square”
''Companies like Wal-Mart and FedEx, which are virulently anti-union in the U.S., accepted the government's company union as their own company union. Yet reporters have found sweatshops supplying hi-tech products for companies like Apple and Microsoft that have kept even this weak union at bay, continuing to pay less than the minimum wage to workers locked in and working up to 100 hours a week.
''A new round of strikes, each one a wildcat strike, has broken out among workers left holding the bag. Despite the new labor law, which was intended to reduce industrial strife, 85,000 strikes and other incidents were officially recorded in 2008.''
--News & Letters, June-July 2009