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The Passage of the Labour Contract Law against the Background of Modern Slave Labour in the PRC


  • Barbara Darimont


This article discusses the newly passed Labour Contract Law and its possible effects on child and slave labour as well as similar forms of illegal work. It analyses in detail the area of application of the act, internal company regulations, fixed-term contracts, temporary employment, part-time work, mass redundancy and collective agreements. Moreover, it gives an overview of the legal discussions concerning this law. As with all legislation in the PRC, the main problem facing the Labour Contract Law will be its implementation. An investigation conducted by the Standing Committee of the NPC in 2005 revealed that only a small percentage of workers actually possessed employment contracts at that time. The new law has attempted to correct this predicament. Those who have contracts are likely to see their legal rights strengthened, while the situation of illegal workers – being outside the law – remains problematic, as the scandal over slave labourers has shown.

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  • Barbara Darimont, 2007. "The Passage of the Labour Contract Law against the Background of Modern Slave Labour in the PRC," Journal of Current Chinese Affairs - China aktuell, Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, vol. 36(5), pages 96-114.
  • Handle: RePEc:gig:chaktu:v:36:y:2007:i:5:p:96-114

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