Hunger for profit: how food delivery platforms manage couriers in China

Jenny Chan. 2021.,  Sociologias 23(57): 58-82. Abstract How do food delivery platform firms, such as Meituan (operated by Tencent) andEle.me (owned by Alibaba), manage couriers through service contracting rather thanformal employment? How do couriers experience control and autonomy at work?Using observation and interviews, the author finds that a combination of data-drivensurveillance systems and customer feedback mechanismsContinue reading “Hunger for profit: how food delivery platforms manage couriers in China”

After the Foxconn Suicides in China: A Roundtable on Labor, the State and Civil Society in Global Electronics

Abstract We seek to tackle myriad problems of a global production system in which China is the world’s largest producer and exporter of consumer electronics products. Dying for an iPhone simultaneously addresses the challenges facing Chinese workers while locating them within the global economy through an assessment of the relationship between Foxconn (the largest electronics manufacturer) andContinue reading “After the Foxconn Suicides in China: A Roundtable on Labor, the State and Civil Society in Global Electronics”

State–labor relations and the emergence of grassroots workers’ organizations in China

By Jenny Chan, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and The International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Labour Movements This article is an excerpt from Jenny Chan’s chapter “Worker Organizing in China: Challenges and Opportunities”, in Robert Ovetz (editor), Workers’ Inquiry and Global Class Struggle: Strategies, Tactics, Objectives , Pluto Press, 2021 June 20, 2021 — Links International Journal ofContinue reading “State–labor relations and the emergence of grassroots workers’ organizations in China”

Stagiaires : les 15 millions de forçats de l’industrie électronique chinoise

(Trainees: the 15 million convicts of the Chinese electronics industry) Article écrit par Jenny Chan et Brigitte Demeure. (Article written by Jenny Chan and Brigitte Demeure.) Link to the Article: https://www.greenit.fr/2021/03/16/stagiaires-les-15-millions-de-forcats-de-lindustrie-electronique-chinoise/ Âgée de 16 ans, CaoWang découvre en arrivant dans la zone de développement industriel de Sichuan (Chine)  que son « stage » consiste àContinue reading “Stagiaires : les 15 millions de forçats de l’industrie électronique chinoise”

Worker Organizing in China: Challenges and Opportunities

Jenny Chan. 2020. “Worker Organizing in China: Challenges and Opportunities.” Pp. 197-217 in Workers’ Inquiry and Global Class Struggle: Strategies, Tactics, Objectives, edited by Robert Ovetz. London: Pluto Press. The URL of the edited book: https://www.plutobooks.com/9781786806451/workers-inquiry-and-global-class-struggle/