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Posted by on Jan 6, 2018 in China, Economy & Trade, Featured | 0 comments

Trouble in Manufacturing Paradise: Labour Rights Protests in China

Trouble in Manufacturing Paradise: Labour Rights Protests in China

The group that disproportionately faces the burden of an economic slowdown is the Chinese labor force. Declining economic growth results in rising costs and decreasing global demand, which causes a rise in unemployment, as factories close or restructure to be economically profitable. Due to the intensity of China’s manufacturing sector as a large proportion of its GDP, any acute shift in global or domestic supply and demand for products would cause ripple effects for manufacturing regions in terms of employment and wage stability. Finally, the high intensity concentration of these manufacturing regions means workers are often negatively impacted en masse, which contributes to the dissemination of public dissatisfaction – which, in turn, can spark protests.

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