New Labour Contract Law: Myth and reality six months after implementation

IHLO, Hong Kong Liaison Office of the international trade union movement

It has been six months since the new Labour contract law was implemented inside China. The implementing guidelines – to clear up inconsistencies in the law and help guide companies and labour bureaus in implementing the details – should be issued soon. They were first scheduled for last year and technically should have been issued at the same time as the law. That there has been a delay is symptomatic of the debate that has surrounded the new law and the often intense dialogue between the various stakeholders and opinion makers in legislation – including the ACFTU. Read