China Labour Bulletin’s Strike Map

China Labour Bulletin is a non-profit organization that supports and actively engages with the emergent workers’ movement in China. It aims to hold the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) accountable to its members, encourage workers to get involved in organizing, and thereby gradually transform enterprise and local trade unions into genuinely representative institutions. It works with dozens of labour activists, lawyers and civil society organizations throughout China as well as facilitates and enhances international solidarity between China’s workers and international trade unionists.

One of the resources of CLB is the bi-lingual, interactive Strike Map, which shows how active and widespread workers collective action really is with more than 12,600 strikes and protests logged since 2011. The data is vetted by in-house researchers, and in some cases, verification is done through interactions with workers on social media.

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# and type of entity12,000 Strikes
Region China
FrequencyWeekly
# of metrics disclosed10
# of data points gathered per entity1 - 5
Year of first public disclosure2011
Data collection method Secondary desk research
Data verification methodDesk-Based 3rd Party Verification (public sources)
Themes evaluated Response to action (e.g. police intervention / government mediation), Type of worker action (e.g. strikes / protests / demonstrations), Worker collective actions, Worker demands (e.g. wage arrears - social insurance - severance)
Vehicle for disclosureWebpage and downloadable excel
Cost to accessFree
Intended users of the DisclosureWorkers in factories, Factories and/or suppliers, Brands and retailers, Unions, Governments, Consumers, NGOs and civil society, Academia