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pnp Post time: 2018-5-4 15:22
"Despite the celebrations, communism in China is reduced to the party name, and even the official ...
they have not forgotten the workers, nor exploited them
May 1st is globally observed as International Workers' Day, roots of of which lie in commemorating the sacrifices that workers in Chicago, USA, made in 1886 to pursue 8 hour working day.
Both the events in Chicago, and recognizing the importance of them to worker's rights in 1903, happened over 100 years ago, long before modern China was even a distant dream.
Also in China, this worker's day was observed as the most important holiday in early days of communist rule. But it's importance has waned since then, replaced by more commercial and traditional festivals like the Dragon Both Festival, or Chinese New Year.
To this day Chinese workers continue to face restrictions in protesting or striking for improved working conditions and safety, and independent trade unions remain to be banned.
Substandard safety in mining industry, as well as state sponsored and enforced covering up of malpractices is a prime example of not respecting workers' rights in China.
Modern China under market capitalism producing prosperity has much better chance to see workers' rights improved than any of the past decades combined.
On the other side of the coin, improved workers' rights in western economies have largely contributed to increased salaries and production costs, moving production to poorer nations. China has been a major recipient of this production and prosperity it brings. Had workers' rights in west not been improved, Chinese workers wouldn't have the work to do, much less any rights.